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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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cession appeared solemnly dark. When they came
to the grave, which was about two and a half feet
deep, in which was much water, the priest took the
brush, and added a little more — they laid down the
coffin, and for a time dolefully hummed more Latin.
During which, the people generally went on their
knees. When that was over, the people departed,
leaving the sexton to fill up the grave alone. I am
told the water rises so near the surface of the ground
in these countries, that it is difficult to bury a corpse
so deep, but what the wolves can scratch down to
it. As they often bury without coffins, many who
are killed in battle in the woods, and others murder-
ed in cold blood and left above ground, the wolves
have devoured them. It is said, these animals have
become so fierce and fond of human flesh, that they
have attacked, and destroyed people in the woods.
The Indians used to call them brothers, and would
not kill them; but one or two of their people having
been killed by those creatures, the Indians have
now proclaimed war against them, killing all they

This low, level country, abounds with sugar-trees
to such a degree, that if the manufactory of sugar
was promoted extensively in this place, it might be
ranked among the exports of North America. The
Indians, who have kettles suitable for the business,
make large quantities in the spring of the year, and
sell it as low as six-pence per pound, and under.
Some have been so fraudulent, as to mix sand with
it, and when detected, endeavoured to justify them-
selves, by the example of the white people mixing
water with the rum, sold to them. A practice, very
common amongst the rum sellers, who say, rum