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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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would be made from them; that they had
proceeded no further than to furnish the Mi-

with two ploughs, a harrow, gears and
other articles, but had no prospect of making
an early settlement amongst them. Thomas
mentions that he was informed by
Jonathan Shefflin that the Wyandot speech
was in answer to a few lines left (and signed
by two or three Friends) at their village, and
supposes it must have been the Friends of
your Committee who were in that country, as
from us none have been sent as yet amongst
the nations west of the River Ohio. He con-
cludes with the following caution to the Balti-
Committee: We are aware that Indians
very generally take as promises what may be
suggested to them for their consideration, as
probable to take place, if they unite with it;
we have of late been very guarded in our com-
munications with them, as the more we become
acquainted with the Indian character the greater
necessity we perceive for it.

On considering the speech of the Wyandot

cheif, the Baltimore Committee on Indian Con-
made an enlargement on their former ap-
pointment by the addition of Evan Thomas and
George Ellicott, who were directed to co-operate
with Reese Cadwallader, Joel Wright and Na-
than Heald
. They were desired to endeavor
to visit those Indians in order to cultivate their
friendship, and, if way should open, to offer
them assistance.