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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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Went on board one of our boats, and rowed
eighteen miles to Fort Erie, in sight of the lake.
— Here is a store house, garrison, &c. The water from
Chipaway to this place, is smooth, and a good run
for boats. Here lay three schooners, waiting a fair
wind, bound for Detroit. We went on board the
Dunmore that evening.

Next morning, near sixty Indians came on board,
on their way to Sandusky; among whom were Capt.
, Capt. John, and a number of principal
men and warriors, much painted, ears cut, &c.


Quite becalmed. I felt renewed occasion for
the exercise of faith and patience. Expenses of
boarding alone, twelve shillings per day.

The waters of Lake Erie are three hundred feet
higher than those of Ontario, thirty-seven miles be-
low, and are restrained from deluging the country
by the same power which bounds "the sea by a per-
petual decree." Opposite this place, on the side of
the United States, comes in Buffaloe creek, where
a council of several Indian nations was held a few
days past, preparatory to the general treaty.

In the afternoon, a gentle breeze sprung up, we
hoisted sail, and stood out into the lake. Passed
Point Ebono, the Sugar Loaf, and Long Point on the
north, and Presque Isle on the south.


Ran all last night under a brisk quarter wind.
This morning several of our passengers were very
sick. I felt a little dizzy; but toward noon it subsi-
ed. This lake is, in general, about fourteen fa-
thoms water. As we navigated the middle, from
whence we could only just discern the opposite
shores, we could make no observations respecting
the soil.