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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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and requested that any information intended for
them should be conveyed to them through their
interpreter, William Wells

, Indian agent at Fort

After taking his seat, this chief appeared to
have reflected that he had not answered fully
the questions proposed to them, and rising again,

Brothers and Friends: It is the real wish
of your brothers, the Indians, to engage in the
cultivation of our lands, and although the game
is not yet so scarce but that we can get enough
to eat, we know it is becoming scarce, and that
we must begin to take hold of such tools as we
see are in the hands of the white people. After-
wards he alluded in forcible language to the con-
fidence which the Red men had in the Friends,
and that they knew they desired no compensa-
tion for their services to them, and added, Bro-
thers, we are a jealously disposed people-almost
every white man that comes among us endeavors
to cheat us; this has occasioned jealousy among
us. But your talks, brothers, are different, and
we believe you.

The Five Medals

then made a speech, in
which he reiterated much that the Little Turtle
had spoken, and continued:

Friends and Broth-
ers, the talks that you have now delivered to
us shall be carefully collected, wrapped up and
put in our hearts,-we will not forget them.
On our return home, we will have them com-