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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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Convinced at last, that no alternative awaited
him, he consented to sign the compact, remark-
ing to the officers present, as he affixed his sig-
nature, I have been the last to consent to this
agreement; I will be the last to break it. He
remained true to his affirmation.

The following extracts are selected from a
brief account of the Indian Committee of Balti-
more Yearly Meeting
, from its appointment in
1795 to the completion of the journey to Fort
Wayne
, by G. T. Hopkins and George Ellicott,
in 1804.

The Yearly Meeting of Baltimore, and, also,
that of Philadelphia, appear to have directed
their attention almost simultaneously to an effort
for the improvement of the Indians, and a com-
mittee was accordingly appointed in each of
these Yearly Meetings, in the autumn of 1795,
to take the subject under care.

In Baltimore Yearly Meeting, held by ad-
journments, from the 12th day of the Tenth
month to the 16th of the same, inclusive, 1795,
Evan Thomas being clerk, and John Cox assist-
ant clerk, the exercise with regard to the In-
dians commenced by a weighty concern being
opened, concerning the difficulties and distress
to which the Indian natives of this land are sub-
ject; and many observations were made on the
kindness of their ancestors to the white people,
in the early settlement of this country, exciting
a deep consideration and enquiry, whether under