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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 Six Nations

,) are turning their attention to

About mid-day we returned in a small boat to
our vessel. After dining on board, we went on
shore at Fort Erie

, and joined by our Commodore
and Lieutenant Cox, a passenger with us from
Detroit, we engaged a light wagon to return with
us at 4 o'clock to-morrow morning, to view the
Falls of Niagara, distant about eighteen miles. We
extended our walk for a considerable distance
along the shore of Lake Erie; it is here composed
of a solid body of limestone, beautifully marbled.


This morning we sat out for the Falls
of Niagara; our road passed near the margin of
Niagara river, from the lake to the Falls, a dis-
tance of 18 miles, which afforded us a view
both of the river, and of the adjacent improve-
ments. The land is generally under cultivation,
and is tolerably improved. The soil appears
rather cold and stiff; but some of the meadows
are nearly equal to the best I ever saw; some of
the farms belong to members of our society, and
we are told that there is a meeting of Friends
not far distant from the Falls. Considerable
emigrations are making from the United States,
to this as well as other parts of Upper Canada

owing to the very advantageous terms upon
which the British Government dispose of the
land, being scarcely removed from a gift.

We reached a Canadian town called Chippewa

to breakfast, after which we walked to the Falls,