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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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farms contain from sixty to eighty acres, laid off
in parallelograms. The buildings are good, and
the gardens and orchards handsome. We un-
derstand that about two miles higher up the river
there is another settlement composed of about
forty families, and upon Otter Creek, about four
miles distant, a third settlement containing about
thirty families. These people are Roman Ca-
tholics. We were soon informed that the dis-
tance from here to Detroit

was thirty-six miles
by land, and that the road passed through so flat
and wet a country, for the greater part of the
way, that at this season of the year, it was almost
impossible to travel it on horseback, and were
advised to wait on the wind for a passage by water.
We, therefore, concluded to take lodgings at
the house of John Bedient, who has offered to
entertain us, and dispatched our men to the boat,
with instructions to come up the river Raisin for
us, as soon as wind and weather permitted; being
so wearied and overcome with our "Jack-o-Lan-
tern" excursion, that we could not consent to
retrace our steps to the boat.


A strong west wind, attended with heavy
rain last night and this day, have prevented our
men from getting to us. It is a fact well-known
here, that northwest and west winds are as certain
to produce cloudy weather as easterly winds with
us. This is doubtless owing to the humidity of
the vast western lakes. The same winds are
severely cold in winter, no doubt from the im-