impressions of that solemnity have never
After some time, I arose in much humility, and
informed them that it was neither curiosity, ease,
nor interest, that induced me to leave my habita-
tion; but that their children whom they delivered
to me four years ago, might be safely returned to
them, with their qualifications and improvements.
And as the great and good Spirit had preserved
them from various evils, so I hoped they would con-
tinue to do well; with more to that import.
A solemn pause ensued: then some low words
were spoken by the chiefs, and lower whispers
among the women. A pause then followed; after
which the interpreter stood up, and turning towards
me, spoke to this import;—Brother, attend. We
rejoice to see you come by the side of our fire-place;
and that our girls have been preserved from various
dangers; also, that you have been preserved while
walking all along the long path;—and we know that
all you do is out of love to us poor Indians.
It is proper to remark, that each girl had a Bible
and other religious books, in which they could read;
also, a spinning wheel, with abundance of clothes of
their own making.
Our friend John Dean
at this place, under patronage of the Indian com-
mittee of New York Yearly Meeting. On first-day,
I sat with this family in a meeting capacity, which,
is their usual practice. When our meeting ended,
I went with J. Dean
where the ceremonies of a funeral were about to be
solemnized. The coffin was placed about twenty
yards from the house, while the congregation re-