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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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tence or two of Latin, over and over, all the way.
Indeed the whole of this religious parade, appeared
to have more of Jewish ceremony, or Gentile super-
stition in it, than Christian simplicity or gravity. —
They deposited the poor tabernacle under the floor,
rung the bells, sung aloud, made their sanctum sanc-
torum resound, and then departed. Numbers of them
come to mass on first-day, eight or ten miles, just
step in, and (they say) rhyme over their paternoster,
dip their finger into the font, cross themselves, and
out again, to drink and frolic.


I went on board the Ottoway, Capt. Cowan,
just arrived from Fort Erie, in hopes of hearing from
home; in which I was disappointed. I found eigh-
teen Oneida Indians on board, with whom I had
some conversation. The captain informed me, he
had put sixty on shore at the mouth of the Miami,
on their way to the Rapids, where, we are inform-
ed, twelve hundred Indians are assembled. This
day we received a letter from Colonel McKee, con-
taining friendly sentiments, and an assurance that
we should have timely notice of the opening of the
treaty. We also received one from a young man on
board the Chipaway, informing that Colonel Butler,
who was passenger with his Indians on board Capt.
's vessel, came on board their vessel, and in
conversation in a select company, where he had no
suspicion, expressed, that if the commissioners should
propose, or even hint any other terms than what
were concluded upon by the Indians, he would not
think it strange, if every person from the colonies,
comissioners, Quakers, and all, should be sacrificed
on the spot; for they know no distinction, but their
own people. This, the young man communicated to