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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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also by other circumstances: viz. one-seventh of the
whole country is reserved for the crown, and one-
seventh for the episcopal clergy: also by an existing
law of old Canada, all real estates, though sold seven
times in seven years, must be sold at the chapel door,
mostly on first day afternoon, one-ninth whereof
goes to the Roman church. By this means, some
congregations, especially in Montreal and Quebec,
have become immensely rich, and enabled to carry
on their idolatrous pomp and parade of worship, so
as to make the world wonder. But as light is rising,
a necessary reform is apprehended to be not far dis-


Had a solid interview with Elliott, deputy
agent of Indian affairs for the British. He is pre-
paring to return to the Indian council at the Rapids.
We proposed to him, whether there would be any
impropriety in our going with him. To which he
replied, as his sentiment, that where the Indians
were now assembled, was their own council ground,
and on a path that was not to be trod in, but by war-
riors: and therefore, it was his opinion, it would not
be eligible to move that way at present. We let
him know our prospects were, that every assistance
from the British government, towards negociating a
peace with the Indians, would be afforded. He gave
us to understand, the Indians were generally acquaint-
ed with our being here, and our views towards them,
and hoped, on the return of the Indian embassy,
some way would open for our relief. Finding no
way to have an opportunity with them collectively,
we concluded to write again to the agent, McKee,
and also to the Indians; which Elliott assured us
should be fully and fairly interpreted to them. With