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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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It appears well adapted for their existence. At the
mouth of Canada creek we re-embarked, and pro-
ceeded down Wood creek eight miles to the Oak
, where General Amhurst’s army encamped
on his way to the Canada expedition, in the French
war. Here our little camp pitched their tents. I
rested well on the bank of Wood creek.

Struck our tents early in the morning of the 18th,
and proceeded down the stream about six miles;
then kindled up a fire on the bank, and cooked a
breakfast of tea and chocolate. The land continues
low, level, and rich, abounding with sugar trees and
white walnut. The navigation of the creek is abun-
dantly obstructed by vast quantities of timber. —
Here the stream is about fifty feet wide. These
waters abound with fish, of which we caught some,
with a gig, from the bow of our boat, and some
trout, with hook and line. About noon, we dined
at the Big Bend, four miles from the lake, on the
bank of the creek, not having seen a cabin for twen-
ty- five miles. The banks abound with lofty timber,
sugar trees, elm, some large oaks, and shellbark
hickory, in which the pigeons innumerable build
their nests. Here and there a small fox squirrel ap-
pears, — a few robins, blackbirds, and jays. About
three o'clock we came to the entrance of Oneida
lake, which, though among the number of inferior
lakes, makes an awful appearance, and is doubtless
a wonderful display of that infinite Wisdom and
Power by which the worlds were made. Our course
along this little ocean appeared to be a little north
of west; and the wind being brisk from that point,
we raised our tents, as no habitation appeared.