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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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necessaries. There were some reasons for believing
Capt. Welbank was now here, to negociate a friend-
ship with the British.

This afternoon, John Elliott and myself, walked
three or four miles, to see sixteen Oneida Indians,
amongst whom are several principal men, George
, Abram, &c. We had some conversation
with them on the advantages of peace, and the bless-
ings consequent on being redeemed out of the spirit
of war. We also entered a little into the subjects
of the existing uneasiness between the Indians and
our government. Duckwell, an old man, said, the
dispute was about lands west of the Ohio — that he
was at a treaty, held at Fort Stanwix, twenty-four
years ago, which was a general treaty with all the
tribes; and then, the Ohio was agreed to be the
boundary. Since which time, he knew of no treaty,
where the chiefs who had a right to sell lands, were
collected. I find the Six Nations claim a kind of
sovereignty over the soil, to a great extent south-
ward. Abram said, he married his wife amongst the
Wyandots, and some years ago, they made a visit
to see her relations, "and I say, brothers, what you
always go to war — fight 'mericas? They say — if
'mericas love peace, give us our lands — stay that
side 'hio — shake hands — call brothers; — but if ‘me-
ricas come take our country, where deer plenty,
turkeys, wild cows — good land — then war — always
war." We told him, we never went to war, nor
our friends, for one hundred and fifty years past —
that all men, of all nations, white, red, and black,
were our brothers — that one Great Spirit made us
all, and was father of us all. They said, Ouch, that
is good, very good.