This day, the lake is exceeding rough,
must retard the return of the Indian chiefs, who have
now been gone seven days.
This evening, two Mohicons arrived from the In-
dian council, who brought us a letter from Captain
Hendricks Apaumut, who informs, there is a pros-
pect of a treaty commencing in a very few days. —
The messengers state, that sickness, and a great
mortality prevails in the Indian camp — which took
off a worthy man of their nation, named Sam, with
whom I was acquainted.
This morning, twelve Chipawas, Delawares,
and Munseys, called to see us, on their return home,
having staid till their clothes were mostly in rags,
and I believe, they were alarmed at the contagion.
They report the decease of seventeen Indians,
amongst whom were three Chipawa chiefs; and in-
form, that in consequence of the sickly situation,
they were about to move their camp eight miles
down the river, near the side of the lake. Which
is agreeable to us, as it will be so much nearer, and
not so much infested with musquetoes.
Last evening, several of the Indians,
arrived in the morning, came to us, much disguised
with liquor, and wanted more: which not being
granted, they became rather sulky, rude, and inso-
lent. One of them, who called himself Capt. Her-
maunus, laid hold of me, partly in jest, and squeezed
me hard, and said, you Quaker, you my brother.
One said, his heart was bad, and another said, I am
a devil, and my name is devil. Several of our com-
pany, best acquainted with Indians, appeared alarm-
ed with apprehensions of danger, and did not go
into their tents till near morning. About eight