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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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cessant importunity for rum, made the interview not
so agreeable. We mostly evaded giving them liquor,
and substituted pipes and tobacco, to put them off.


First of the week. Went to meeting, where
a large number of the inhabitants of the town, and
military men, assembled. I believe it was a solid
season, and truth's testimony was exalted over all
opposition; notwithstanding rawness and dark in-
sensibility were painfully prevalent. We came to
our lodgings, and dined with two Wyandot chiefs,
who had been to see us the preceding evening. —
They behaved with decency at table, equal to any
of us; handled their knife and fork well, eat mode-
rately, drank two glasses of wine, and through the
whole, conducted with a decorum that would do ho-
nour to hundreds of white people. We afterwards
went down the river in Col. England's boat, about
six miles, to the house of Judge Powell, where we
had appointed a meeting. The Judge and his fami-
ly being gone to England, his steward had kindly
offered his house. A considerable number conve-
ned, and I was comforted in a belief that the ever-
lasting gospel was preached in Canada. After which
we returned to our lodgings.


This morning there were many unfavour-
able reports respecting the hostile dispositions of the
Indians passing on to the treaty. The circumstances
of things appear very critical, and alarming. Even
our personal safety is called in question, and much
doubted, unless the commissioners have very exten-
sive powers. As I was writing in the chamber
where I lodged, two Wyandots, much in liquor, came
up into the room, and teazed me for rum. I put
them off. After some time they laughed, shook