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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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give notice by a whoop, we failed not to return
the ceremony also by a whoop. In a few mo-
ments two Indian men upon a horse, followed by
two women and a girl upon another horse, rode
up to our camp. Their countenances were smil-
ing and indicative of friendship. As we reached
them our hands, they shook them saying, Saga,
Saga, niches, which we have since learned was
the salutation, How do you do, brothers. They
could not speak English, but putting their hands
to their breasts expressed, Delawares

, Dela-
wares, from which we gathered they were
Delaware Indians. They had their hunting ap-
paratus with them, and pointing several times
to the south, we concluded they wished to make
us understand that their camp was in that direc-
tion, and that they were on their way to it.
After looking upon us for some minutes they
left us.


Very early this morning we again pro-
ceeded, and this day rode thirty miles, a laborious,
fatiguing journey to ourselves and horses. Our
path leading through a flat country we find the
travelling miry and deep. Our horses are to be
pitied, the stock of corn we procured for them
is exhausted, and the only food they can
now get is the grass in the woods. For several
nights past we have turned them loose to graze.
These poor creatures feed around our camps and
appear afraid to leave us.

This day we crossed the St. Mary's where its