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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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countenanced, masculine soldier, who received us
like a gentleman, and kindly offered civilities to
us, — for which we acknowledged obligations to

Here are fine banks, well improved. The oldest
orchards appear luxuriant — apples, peaches, pears,
cherries, &c. But no springs of water, nor streams
with falls: being obliged to have recourse to wind-
mills to manufacture their grain. Of these mills
they have a number in sight. The inhabitants are a
mixture of French, German, English, Irish, Scotch,
Yankees, Indians and Negroes.


Held a conference with Capt. John and se-
veral other Indian chiefs and principal men; in
which our peaceable mission was more fully explain-
ed, than heretofore. Notwithstanding our disinter-
ested, and universal principles of love and good will
to mankind, we are sensible our path is narrow, and
our situation delicate--the eyes of four different in-
terests being open towards us;— British, United
States, Indians, and the reputation of our religious

This afternoon, walked three miles down the west
side of Detroit river, to a spring, at which I was re-
freshed, not having drank any other than river wa-
ter for ten days. On our route to the spring, we
called at a French house, to keep out of a gust of
rain. The family appeared polite, loving, and pleased
to see us. On our return, we called to see an old
noted Indian trader, Isaac Williams, who is well ac-
quainted with the Indian affairs, and their disposi-
tions. He related many alarming circumstances of
Indian cruelty; and said they were at present more
haughty and insolent, than heretofore. He rehear-