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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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We took our seats on the opposite side of the
house and in front of the Indians.

Being all thus seated- I speak literally, when
I say my heart palpitated- I felt the importance
and dignity of our mission; I wished our heads
were wiser, and feared for the result of so in-
teresting an opportunity.

After a few minutes had passed, the Little

observed, that when we met before, they
had informed us of the difficulty there was in
convening the Indians at so early a period in
the season, and that those of their people then
present with him were all who were likely to
attend to listen to what we had to say.

We then proposed that the letter from our
friends and brothers at home, read to the Five

and the Little Turtle at the time of our
first meeting, should be again read for the in-
formation of our Indian brethren now attend-

This proposal was deemed proper, and the
letter was accordingly read.

After a short pause, we addressed them as

Brothers and Friends: We know that the
most of our Red Brethren are, at present, at
their hunting and sugar camps, and did not ex-
pect to see a large number at so short a notice.
We have, therefore, agreeably to your request,
put upon paper the things we have to say, and
hope you will not fail to have them communi-