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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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plicitly to declare their intentions in writing, signed
by ten nations. This is to be presented to-morrow,
and it is apprehended will determine the business.


A deputation of twenty-five Indians, came
over the river about nine o'clock; when seated, the
commissioners seated before them, and we forming
an angle at the Indians' right hand, after a solemn
pause, an Indian inquired, "Are you ready?" Si-
mon Girty
was told to answer, yes. Then a Wy-
chief arose, took off his hat, and thanked the
Great Spirit, they had met; and spoke some time,
introductory to the delivery of a written message:
wherein they state, that matters were not fully ex-
plained at Niagara; therefore they explicitly require
an answer, whether the commissioners have power
to make Ohio the boundary; and if so, immediately
to remove all the inhabitants off the land, west of
the Ohio? To which, Gen. Lincoln (after all three
had read it, and consulted together) answered, they
would inform them to-morrow. After this, we had
a solid conference with the commissioners, on the
obstacles thrown in the way, and they explained the
Niagara conference; which we approved as fair and
candid. This demand appeared a new matter, pro-
bably suggested by some designing enemy to peace.
The letter was signed by ten nations, viz. Dela-
, Shawnese, Miamis, Wyandots, Ottawas, Min-
, Munseys, Chipawas, &c.


About nine o'clock, the Indians came over
the river, among whom, Ocohongehelas, the Dela-
war chief, his brother, and Little Jonny, a
Shawnese chief, and Carry-all-about, a Wyandot
chief, were principal men. We spoke to them, and
told them we were their brothers, the Quakers, come