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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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evening, to three o'clock in the morning, all is well,
and the last cries, all is very well. But it appeared
a superficial sound to me. This day we dined at
W.F.'s, which I think nothing could have induced
us to attempt, but the remembrance of our great Ex-
ample being a friend of sinners. The old man treat-
ed us with generous hospitality, which we requited
with plain dealing.


Twenty-eight Indians arrived to-day, from
McInoi, [Michilimackinac] on their way to the
Council. Dined at John Askin's, one of the most
respectable merchants in this place. We were en-
tertained in a pleasing manner. His wife is a French
woman, of an amiable, easy, graceful deportment.
We had the company of Dr.law Wright, lately married
to Commodore Grant's daughter, a discreet young
woman, who was present; also Lawyer Smith, a
British merchant, John Askin's daughter, an agree-
able young girl, and others. Our topics were, re-
signation and dependence on Divine support, in the
use of prudent and lawful endeavours, for both spi-
ritual and temporal blessings. The origin of the
Indians, with remarks on many traces of antiquity
found in the wilderness. From all which, with
their sacrifices; observations of moons; care for the
sepulchres, and bones of their deceased ancestors;
division into so many tribes, — the probability, and
almost certainty, was inferred, of their being the
dispersed tribes of Israel; and therefore, from Scrip-
ture testimony and prophecy (some part of which
was fulfilled, which strongly corroborated that which
yet remained) it was inferrible that they would be
restored, — not to a Jewish, ceremonious Israel, but to
a spiritual Israel of the circumcision, made without