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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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of the great evils which had raged in their
country, but could obtain no redness; that since
the introduction of spirituous liquors among
them, their numbers were greatly diminished,
and taking advantage of the request which had
been made, that they should express themselves
freely, added:

I will now take the liberty to
mention, that most of the evils existing among
the Red people, have been caught from the white
people; not only that liquor which destroys us
daily, but many diseases that our forefathers were
ignorant of, before they saw you.

Brothers and Friends:-I am glad you have
seen this business as we do, and rejoice to find
that you agree in opinion with us, and express
an anxiety to be, if possible, of service to us,
to remove this great evil out of our country; an
evil that has had so much ruin in it,-that has
destroyed so many of our lives, that it causes our
young men to say, We had better be at war
with the white people. This liquor that they
introduce into our country, is more to be feared
than the gun or the tomahawk; there are more
of us dead since the treaty of Grenville

, than
we lost by the years of war before, and it is all
owing to the introduction of this liquor among
us. This subject, brothers, composes a part of
what we intend to make known to the Great
Council of our White brethren. On our arrival
there, we shall endeavor to explain to our Great