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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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Wrote by way of Fort Pitt, to my dear
H.L.; also a letter by Lieut. Crawford, to George


Our commissioners had a visit from Capt.
, on his return from Navy Hall; he gave
them an account, as I have before noted, respecting
the treaty with the southern Indians; also mention-
ed some of McGillivrey's duplicity in Indian affairs;
and that the Spanish governor of Pensacola told
him, he was sorry he had sold off so much land to
the United States; and that he could not serve two
masters, he must cleave to the one or the other, and
he might choose which. It appeared that McGil-
had proposed to sell to the south branch of
the Ocomic river; but the nation at large withstood
it, and would give up no further than the north;
to which the Creeks unitedly agreed. That divers
attempts had been made to settle it, and large clear-
ings were made upon it; but at present, he believed,
there was not a standing house on the space of three
hundred miles in length, and from thirty to seventy
in breadth, according to the windings of the river.
Which space, is the bone of contention at present,
with the Creek nation. Welbank also says, the
Spaniards are industriously making interest with
the southern Indians, through the agency of one
Oliver, a Frenchman: which is a subject of a seri-
ous nature to our government.

This afternoon, the commissioners sent off two
Oneida Indians express to Col. McKee; I suppose,
to let him know, that the tedious process of the
business began to feel unpleasant to many of the
company. One of the interpreters, Horatio Jones,
had lately heard of the decease of his wife, since