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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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The white settlements, on both the American
and British shores of the Detroit

, are so near
together, that the farms resemble villages.
Nearly opposite Sandwich is Detroit, which we
reached about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and
proceeded to the boarding house of the widow
, to whom we had been recommended,
having come eighteen miles. In the evening,
Charles Jewett and several others came to see
us; they told us they had heard of the arrival of
some strangers, and expected we were from the
interior of the United States; that for a long
time they had received no account from the seat
of government, and were anxious to hear the
news. Having an open letter from the Secre-
tary of War, directed to Charles Jewett, and to
the commanding officer at Detroit, we embraced
the opportunity to present it. The letter was as

War Department, February 20th, 1804. Gentlemen,-

This will be handed you by
Joel Wright

, George Ellicott, and Gerard Hop-
. They are amongst the most respectable
members of the Society of Friends in Maryland.
Their object is to visit some of the western In-
dians, for the laudable purpose of encouraging
and aiding them in the introduction of agricul-
ture and other improvements essential to the
happiness of the red people. They are men of
science, information and property, and are en-