Header img
Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

Page out of 108

gone, had sold lands for knives, broaches, and rum, till
they were now driven almost to the sun-setting, where
they were determined to make a stand. He com-
plained of the ruinous consequences of the introduc-
tion of spirituous liquors amongst their fathers, say-
ing, at first, they called it bitter water, and some,
fiery water. But by repeated offers of it to them,
they at length fell in with it, to their hurt in gene-
ral. He also informed, that four days before he left
the Rapids, a deputation of two chiefs of each nation
had embarked to meet the commissioners at Niaga-
, to let them know the outlines of their conclusions,
and that if the white people would settle to the banks
of Ohio, on the east side, and agree that the river
should be the line, they would be glad, and take them
by the hand, and call them brothers. All which intel-
ligence, he said, might be depended on as true. Our
apprehensions that the commissioners were vested
with no such powers, and that the government had
no such intentions, tended to thicken the cloud which
seems impending over this land; as the seeds of de-
struction are sowing in a soil, prepared to produce
shocking scenes.

This same Indian, getting raised with strong drink
in the afternoon, made a stroke with his tomahawk
at one Sylvester Ash, an interpreter, who had long
resided with the Shawnese; Ash’s exertions pre-
vented his killing him; he then knocked off our
landlord's hat, who struck him several hard blows,
and turned him out of the house. Capt. Munsey,
being present, sent for two soldiers, who put him
out of the garrison. He was much enraged. Upon
the whole, all things conspire to increase the gloom,