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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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Indian houses which we passed to-day are built
of small round logs, and are roofed with bark.
Near the mouth of Swan creek is an extensive
valley of which we took a particular view. Here
the Indians placed their wives and children at
the time they agreed to make battle with Gene-
ral Wayne


The river increases in width from the foot of
the Rapids toward the lake. It is more than
half a mile wide opposite Swan creek, and at
present has the appearance of tide water; a
strong east wind having brought a heavy swell
from the lake, which has in a short time raised
the river more than three feet in perpendicular
height. We saw to-day geese and swans in
great abundance.


This morning notwithstanding the very
unfavorable appearance of the weather, it being
rainy and wind high, we again proceeded.
At the end of three miles we reached the mouth
of the river, where we entered a beautiful circu-
lar bay, about six miles in diameter, called Miami
bay.* Now called Maumee Bay. The wind continuing high, we proceeded
along the margin of the bay, for about ten miles
to a point called Bay Point

. This is the ex-
treme point of land, between Miami Bay and
Lake Erie. We attempted to turn the point in
order to enter the lake, but the situation being
bleak and the wind high, occasioned a heavy