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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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for Philip Dennis

' farm; we also staked out the
situation for his wigwam, which is about one
hundred feet from the banks of the Wabash, and
opposite to a fine spring of excellent water issuing
out of the bank of the river.

We are told by several persons well acquainted
with the country, that from hence to St. Vin-

, on the Wabash, a distance of two hun-
dred miles by land, and three hundred and fifty
by water, the land on both sides of the river
embracing a very extensive width, is not inferior
to the description given of this location in yes-
terday's notes.

At Mississinaway

, a large Indian town of the
Miami's, situated about thirty miles below us,
on the Wabash, stone coal is found, which with
limestone continues for two hundred miles down
the river.

There are no Indians between this and Fort

, neither any between this and Mississin-
. Philip Dennis' nearest neighbors will be
at the Little Turtle's town, eighteen miles dis-
tant. Whilst here we have seen four peroques
loaded with peltry, manned by Canadians and In-
dians, on their way up the river to be tran-
sported to Detroit.

I may here observe that the Wabash affords
an abundance of large turtles, called soft shelled
turtles, the outer coat being a hard skin, rather
than a shell. They are esteemed excellent food.
It affords a great variety of fine fish, and