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Beyond Penn's Treaty

A Mission to the Indians from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to Fort Wayne, in 1804

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short of Fort Wayne

; we therefore despatched
a part of our company to a house we had passed
about four miles, in quest of corn. They obtained
four bushels, and hired a man and horse to travel
with us and bring the corn along. For many
days past our horses have suffered for want of
hay, and being fed altogether upon corn they
have lost their appetites.

The face of the country in the course of this
day's short journey is a continuation of beautiful
land; being level, and finely timbered. We
passed through a handsome prairie containing
several hundred acres called the Lower Piqua
Plain, crossed Honey Creek and Lost Creek,
two considerable streams of the Great Miami.

Thus far in our route we have been favored
with respect to the waters, no rain having fallen
lately to raise the creeks and rivers to a height
sufficient to detain us. In fording some of the
streams we have thought that even six inches
greater depth would take our horses off their feet.
There is considerable danger in fording many of
the streams we have passed, from the uneveness
of the stony bottoms of the rivers. The beds of
the rivers are mostly limestone, and being worn
smooth by the washing of the water, horses are apt
to fall. This was to-day the case with my horse in
fording the Miami, from which accident I got
very wet.

During our detention here this afternoon, we
observed a flock of birds alighting from the trees,