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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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treaties and belts. Some long and broad belts, he
said they had, that were intended, not only to bind
us by the hands, but clasp us by the arms, so that
no small accidents should in future, be able to make
a separation. And that, notwithstanding all that had
happened, the Wyandots felt some of the old affec-
tion to possess their breasts, and he hoped we would
find it so at the general Council: but could speak for
none but themselves. We desired our interpreter,
J. Heckewelder, to assure him we possessed the same
love and friendship for them, and for all other Indians,
that we, or our forefathers, ever did — that our prin-
ciples had always restrained us from making war
against them. But when we believed the govern-
ment was disposed to make peace with them, on
principles of justice, we were willing to leave our
homes and near connexions, and at a great expense,
undertake a long and hazardous journey, to endea-
vour to promote it, and to be present at the conclu-
ding of so good a work. On delivery of which, he
said, he knew long ago we did not fight, but were
for peace. He then got up, and shook hands with
Friends, then sat down, and spoke in substance as fol-
lows: That as we had come a long journey, and were
all preserved in health, it was evident the Great
Spirit was pleased with our coming; and he hoped
some good would be done, and that the Great Spirit
would bring us home in the same good health, with
peace and joy. To which we replied, we were glad
of such an opportunity to talk with him, and if the
great and good work of peace could be effected, we
hoped we should return home with joy and peace;
which was all the reward we wanted or looked for.
He asked whether it would be disagreeable, if he