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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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has been the great engine, and mainspring, which
has prepared the way and led to thousands of acts of
hostility, and murders without number. It has evi-
dently appeared to me, to be the greatest obstacle in
the way of the civilization and happiness of the In-
dian natives — the removal of which, loudly calls for
the united exertions of our Government, and that of
Great Britian, together with the unremitting endea-
vours of all Christians, and lovers of mankind. I
consider this important object of so great magnitude,
as hardly to be equalled by any terrestrial achieve-
ment. Oh! that legislators would lay it more deep-
ly to heart, and the professed followers of Jesus,
lift up a glorious ensign against this mighty destroy-
er of mankind! Instead of which, sorrow is now
added to affliction, until blood touches blood, by
furbished swords, harnessed men and horses, glitter-
ing spears, sounding drums and trumpets — while
elated captains, colonels, and generals, glorying in
their multitude and their pomp, forget that "Tophet
is ordained of old" for those, and that they should
descend into it — forgetting also “the sword that is
bathed, and that shall come upon the mountains of
Idumea" — forgetting too, the God of armies, who is
able, by the diminutive fly or worm, to lay the glory
and pomp of all nations in the dust — nor consider-
ing that it is righteousness which exalteth a nation.

This town is piquetted all round. It consists of
about one hundred and fifty houses, crowded togeth-
er. The fort lays adjoining the town, on the north
side. Watchmen are placed at four gates leading
into the town; sentinels also stand on the ramparts
and bastions of the fortifications, who cry from one
to another, every fifteen minutes, from nine in the