o’clock, one of them
came from the camp, who ex-
hibited a horrid spectacle — hallooing, I am a man —
I am a warrior — dashing his fist against a tree, drew
out his scalping knife, brandished it through the air
with uplifted hand, roaring and making a terrible
appearance. At length a sober Indian came, and
took him away. However, with the trouble of In-
dians, and a host of musquetoes, I dont know that
I slept ten minutes during the night.
We dined this day on a masquenungy, which
weighed eighteen pounds; a very delicious fish. It
was speared by an Indian. Lake Erie abounds with
sturgeons so plentifully, that a couple of men have
taken more than a ton weight before breakfast. It
is said, they originated from four of that species
having been put in, above the falls, by a French
officer; before which, it is reported, none were to
be found above the great falls; and when first dis-
covered by the Indians, they were much alarmed.
The Ottoway schooner, arrived from
Erie, in which came Jasper Parrish, who left Phila-
delphia twenty-seventh of last month. He brought
me letters from my beloved brother and sister
Dawes, and my daughter Mary, which were very
cordial and refreshing; also, the newspapers con-
taining much information.
This afternoon, the Chipawa fell down from De-
troit, bound for Fort Erie, in which upwards of
twenty Oneida Indians returned, being tired out
with waiting; some had got sick, and all were rag-
ged and dirty.
This day, had a meeting on Groes-isle, which,
some accounts, was a trying season, but we return-
ed with peaceful minds.