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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joseph Moore's Journal

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ed his days by the immoderate use of strong drink.
On this occasion there was a good deal of form and
ceremony, in their way.


Yesterday arrived the ship Ottoway, captain

, from Fort Erie. He brought about eighty
Indians — more than sixty were landed at Mia-
mi rapids, with colonel Butler; eighteen of the Onei-
were on board here. It was said Butler was
fearful they might be hurt by some other Indians
that were there, on account of some dislike they had
to one of their chiefs, who had given his interest in
favour of the Americans, in such a manner as to cre-
ate jealousies amongst them. They, notwithstand-
ing apprehend themselves quite safe in the British
lines, where the tribes of all the nations from east,
west, north, and south, are daily supplied with pro-
visions, &c. And we hear nothing but wishes for
peace among the people every where.

This day we crossed the river in our landlord's
boat, with himself, wife, &c. to his farm, where we
regaled ourselves with fine ripe cherries, and to-
wards evening returned. The weather very warm,
and for many days past it has been very wet — but
through divine favour we are all preserved in good


We had a visit from colonel England

, who is
constantly manifesting his regard in a very respect-
ful manner. He invited us to walk with him to his
garden, and some of our company went. We had
also the company, at our lodgings, of a young Shaw-
chief, neatly and richly dressed in Indian
style; he stayed and dined with us, behaving with
decency at table. But we sometimes find great dif-
ficulty in conversing with the Indians, in such man-