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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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encouragement, we now mention that, by turn-
ing their attention to the cultivation of the
earth, instead of the plumb tree, they soon had
orchards of many kinds of good fruits- instead
of wild game, they soon had large numbers of
cattle, horses, sheep, hogs, and other valuable
animals,- and in many places, instead of their
forests, they had large fields of corn and other
grain, as also many other valuable productions
of the earth.

Brothers: We hope your eyes will be open
to see clearly, the things which are best for you,
and that you will desire to pursue them. We
believe, brothers, that it is in the heart of your
father, the President of the United States, to
assist his red children in the cultivation of the
earth, and to render them services which will be
greatly for their benefit and welfare. We hope
that your exertions to change your present mode
of living will be so plain to him, that he will
see them. This will encourage him to continue
to aid you, in your endeavors.

Brothers, we have spoken plainly; we de-
sire to speak plainly. We will now tell you
that we have not come merely to talk to you.
We have come prepared to render you a little
assistance. Our beloved brother, Philip Dennis

who is now present, has come along with us.
His desire is to cultivate for you a field of corn;
also, to show you how to raise some of the other
productions of the earth. He knows how to use