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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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frequent use of spirituous liquors was more in
the way of their improvement than anything
else, and appealed to them thus: Are you of
the same mind with us who are your friends, and
have your good at heart; that it would be right
for us to take the subject into our serious con-
sideration, to endeavor to discover whether
there may not be some steps taken that would
put a check upon this pernicious thing?

After calling upon the chiefs to express them-
selves freely in regard to the concern, the
Little Turtle

inquired if any of his broth-
ers, the Quakers, had any further communica-
tion to make, and being desired to proceed, rose
up and said:

Brothers and Friends, I am
happy to find it has pleased the Great Spirit,
that we should again meet in the same house in
which we held our council yesterday. I am
happy to find that it is the will of the Great
and Good Spirit that we should discover that
there was something omitted yesterday, that
was highly necessary for your red brethren.

Friends and brothers, I am glad to find that
it has pleased the Great Spirit to put a wish in
your hearts on the subject you have mentioned;
a subject of the greatest importance to us.
What you have said relative to our being one
flesh and blood is true. Your brothers, the In-
dians, believe that it is in this light the Great
Spirit considers all mankind.

He afterwards
remarked, that the Indians had long been aware