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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 mouth of the river Detroit, when night com-
on, and the wind being unfavorable, we
anchored near the British shore, and opposite to
the town of Malden



Weighed anchor. Winds light and op-
posite; anchored again about 8 o'clock in the
evening, near an island called the Middle Sister



About 4 o'clock this morning again
weighed anchor, and a calm coming on about 10
o'clock, we anchored again near Middle Bass

, where we were confined the remainder
of the day. In the afternoon some of us amused
ourselves with fishing. The small boat was
rowed by several hands around the island, whilst
we cast our lines, about thirty feet in length, hav-
ing hooks baited with the skin of pork and
covered in part with the skin of pork and
covered in part with a piece of red cloth. In a
short time we caught upwards of five dozen
black bass, justly esteemed an excellent fish, and
weighing from four to six pounds. The lake
water is so clear, that fish can be seen from
twelve to fifteen feet below the surface. Many
of the fish we caught, we saw advancing to our


At 4 o'clock this morning again hoisted
sail. Weather windy, attended with rain. We
had not proceeded far before a head wind opposed
our sailing, and we cast anchor at an island
called Middle Island

. At 4 o'clock in the after-
noon a heavy rain and thunder gust coming on,
it was deemed safest to return back a few leagues