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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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for the better. The old French settlers in general
are poor economists, and proud withal — live mise-
rably at home, yet appear grand abroad. It is said
they live much on boiled fish, supping the broth with-
out either bread or salt. They are superstitiously reli-
gious, going to mass more than two hundred days
in the year. They have two large worship houses
here, and a number of crosses, set up on the banks of
the river and other places, to evince their christianity.


Walked up the river about four miles, to a
place called Bloody Bridge, from a contest which
happened there between the British, Canadians, and
Indians, where many fell. We called at a respect-
able French farmer's, who took us into a curious
garden of fruit, flowers, &c. also into his house,
where were pictures, representing Christ on the
Cross, old Saints, &c. John Elliott talked French
to them; they appeared pleased, and behaved polite-
ly. Though much apparent superstition and idola-
try are indulged amongst them, yet I hope many
are looking beyond it to the more substantial parts
of true worship: although I have seen them after
mass, frolicking and horse racing in the road pass-
ing the worship house, or as it were, at the door,
the remaining part of the day, to their reproach.
The buildings on the banks of the river, though low,
being mostly a story and a half, are beautiful, and
the farms fertile — but their fuel and rails are all to
be drawn about four miles. On our return, we fell
in with several Chipawa camps — they had tents of
mats curiously wrought of flags, reeds, rushes, &c.
Their canoes were made of bark, with great skill and