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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 Plains of Sandusky

, the following relation of
the interview between the Friends and the
Wyandot Chiefs is preserved:

After Evan Thomas

had concluded his dis-
course, which was delivered by paragraphs
through an interpreter, Tarhie, (the Crane,) the
principal chief, took into his hand four strings
of wampum, and began his speech. As he
proceeded, he continually kept the strings of
wampum moving, and spoke in a methodical
way, and with the force and manner of an orator.
I make no doubt, if the interpreter had been
able to do justice to the sentiments expressed,
we should have pronounced a verdict highly in
favor of the eloquence of this son of the forest.

After he had finished his speech, he desired
his wife (who occupied an apartment above the
council room, so situated that she could hear
what passed), to hand down to him the papers,
which he had; which she did. We read them,
and found among them Wayne

's treaty, and a
long paper containing much good advice from the
Secretary of War.

When the Indians hold a council, they have
some of their principal women placed in a little
room, either adjourning or overhead, where they
can hear perfectly all that passes. This they
treasure up in their minds, and as they are apt
to have retentive memories, their traditions are
faithfully preserved.

The manuscripts in my possession furnish no