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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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tunity to discover their present situation; often
exposed to the inclemency of the seasons, with
a very precarious and frequently a scanty sup-
ply of food and clothing. From the knowledge
we have obtained of the extensive and valuable
country they have lately given up to the United
States, and of the narrow strip of land yet re-
served for their own use, between the line of
the American garrisons and from Detroit

to the
mouth of the Kentucky river, we were im-
pressed with a belief that the Wyandots, Shawa-
and Delawares who dwell there, will, unless
they alter their present mode of living, be re-
duced, in a few years, from the scarcity of game,
to a state of extreme want and distress.

At the upper end of Sandusky Town

, they
held a council with two of the principal chiefs
of the Wyandot nation and several of their
former warriors and young men, when Isaac
interpreted to them the address prepared
by the Friends of Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
He also interpreted the reply of one of the
Chiefs, which was brief but friendly.

They found that the Wyandots

were the
principal nation; that everything of importance
must be transacted in their council; they can
transact business by themselves, but the Dela-
and Shawanese have to apply to them when
any business of consequence is laid before their

This reply of the Indians, was presented to