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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Jacob Lindley’s Account

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be; and as to the right of pre-emption, that the Uni-
ted States, and they only, had a right to purchase
Indian lands, south and east of the lakes, they de-
nied the king or the United States ever having any
such right. Upon the whole, it was received as a
very contemptible speech by the commissioners, and
strongly marked as British manufacture. The two
Indian messengers had a glass of wine each, and
victuals set. They eat but little, got up and slipped
away, I believe conscious that the contents of their
message would not be pleasing. This soon appear-
ed to be the case, as the baggage was ordered on
board the Dunmore immediately — some for safety
proposing to sleep on board.

It felt exceeding gloomy to Friends. We got to-
gether to see if any thing opened further for us to
do; which at present does not appear. Therefore
submit the awful subject to the interposition of the
Divine Hand, and turn our eyes towards our respec-
tive habitations. This evening the two runners des-
patched three days ago to the Indian council, return-
ed, with only a verbal message, importing that the
five nations expected us to come forward, and were
moving six miles down the river, to meet us. Which
appeared a cunning manœuvre of one side, or the
other. I was somewhat put to a consternation, on
hearing Gen. Lincoln express, they had received just
such an answer as he could have wished. What his
meaning was, I don't know.


Several of our company slept on board the
Dunmore last night, others hurrying on board this
morning. Two runners were despatched with in-
telligence to the Six Nations. About 11 o'clock,
we were all on board. My mind felt sorrowful, in