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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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was to come and dine with us, to which we invited

We were also visited this morning by Abram,
Katherine his wife, Rebekah and Mary, his daugh-
ters. They live at Miami Rapids, are Mohickons,
and appear much civilized. Also, some Shawnee
women, one a widow, who, because of her situation,
had taken off her bobs, jewels, and trinkets, with
which the others shone with splendor, having massy
plates of silver about them, I have no doubt, to an
amount that would have clothed them in silk and
velvet. Had it not been for the profuse introduction
of distilled spirits amongst these people, and the
frauds in consequence of it,
imposed upon them, al-
so the ravages and depredations of war, with multi-
plied murders and thefts, they would at this day have
been a very wealthy people in silver and gold, cat-
tle and horses. But the reverse is, at present, their
sorrowful situation, I fear to our condemnation. The
history of their barbarity, treachery, and breach of
faith to the white people, and to one another, which
we have heard rehearsed by people well acquainted
with facts, since we arrived here, would be painful,
tedious, and indeed too shocking to relate. These
circumstances almost stagger the faith of their best
friends. Even one of the Moravian missionaries
said, that even if peace should be concluded, it
would not last long, until they were further chas-
tised. John Parrish asked, by what means? Did
he mean the sword? It was answered, yes — not
until they were convinced the United States were
too powerful for them, and able to subject them. —
These being the sentiments of those who had lived
long among them, solely to promote peace, and the