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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joseph Moore's Journal

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to make peace with them on principles of justice,
we were made willing to leave our homes and take
this long journey to endeavour to promote it, and
to be present at the concluding of so good a work.
He said, he knew long ago, we did not fight, but
were for peace, and that, as we had come a long
journey, preserved in health, it was evident the
Great Spirit was pleased with our coming, and he
hoped some good would be done, and that the
Great Spirit would bring us home in health and

We had a visit also this morning from Abram

, an
Indian chief, Katharine his wife, and their daugh-
ters, richly clad, with plates of silver, &c.

The introduction of distilled spirits among the
people appears to have been their ruin. The frauds,
in consequence of it, imposed upon them, taking in
the ravages and depredations of war made amongst
themselves, with multiplied murders and thefts,
seems to have prevented their being a wealthy peo-
ple. The contrary with many is sorrowfully their
situation, I fear to our condemnation; yet the his-
tory of Indian barbarity, and breach of faith to
white people, and to one another, which we have
heard related since we came here, would be shock-
ing to recite, and is almost at times ready to stagger
the faith of their best friends. One of the Moravian

signified his sense, that if peace should
be concluded, it would not last long, until they were
further chastised. John Parrish asked, by what
means? Did he mean the sword? He was answered,
yes. This sentiment, from one of those who make
profession of the peaceable principles of the gospel,
was really discouraging.