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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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were said and much friendship professed between
them; that they had no place of security for
their speeches, as their white brethren had, and
that their belts of wampum were their only re-
cords; and adds, but, if you examine your
books and papers, you will there find written all
that passed between your forefathers and ours.
He speaks further of a belt of wampum given
to us by your forefathers, with a piece of parch-
ment affixed thereto; when you see the belt of
wampum and read the writing on the parch-
ment, you no doubt will then perfectly know us,
and will consider us as brethren united by a chain
of friendship which can never be broken whilst
memory lasts. He informed the Friends that
he understood some of them wished to pay his
people a visit, and adds, We are much pleased
to hear that you still hold us in remembrance.

The letter of Thomas Wistar

,* Notwithstanding friendly relations continued ever
after to be maintained between the Indian Committee
Philadelphia and that of Baltimore, the manu-
scripts I have overlooked furnish no account of fur-
ther correspondence between them, until some years
after the date of this letter of Thomas Wistar. clerk of the
Committee on Indian Concerns in Philadelphia,
was dated 27th of Second month, 1799, and
states that the Miami nation had made a re-
quest of their Committee for some Friends to
settle amongst them, and a speech from the
Delawares left no doubt that a similar request