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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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purpose to transport us to Sandusky, or Fort Erie,
as was most eligible on the shortest notice.

In conversation with Capt. Welbank, on the situ-
ation of Indian affairs to the southward, with which
he discovered extensive knowledge, he asserted as
follows: — That in the year 1791, a treaty was held
with the southern Indians, negociated on behalf of
the United States, by a person who made out the
articles of the treaty in writing, wherein he inserted
the free navigation of the Cherokee river, without
their knowledge, and bribed the interpreter to read,
ten miles round Nashville village, where forty was
inserted. There was a large extent of country, for
which the natives required three thousand dollars
per annum, but he assured them his power would
not permit him to go so high; but for the present,
he would insure two thousand dollars, and had no
doubt of obtaining the whole sum, by an application
to Congress. But in the article it was read, two
thousand dollars, where one thousand only was en-
tered. And after all, the survey far exceeded the
limits of the land agreed on. Of which grievances,
the bloody fellow, Notawasky, Joberson, and Prince
of Eastern Airy, came to Congress for redress; they
were politely received, and assured justice should
take place. On the faith of which, they returned,
and made report to their people, who rested satisfied,
until their hopes of redress were laid waste, by Spen-
cer and others coming over the dividing ridge, be-
tween Holstein and Tennessee rivers, (which was the
boundary prescribed) building mills, and piqueting
forts, on the waters of the Tennessee. Capt. Wel-
says, the Indians have applied to the Spaniards,
and received assurances they shall be supplied with