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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joseph Moore's Journal

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answer to-morrow, on that head, and re-
tired over the river. This unexpected change look-
ed again discouraging; believing our worthy com-
missioners had nothing but upright views in their
proceedings, consistent with the trust reposed in them
by the government of the United States. Though
what their views are, is yet unknown to us; but we
hope, and expect, they will be generous and liberal,
evincing to the world that the present proceedings
and designs of the United States

are founded on
reason, equity, and justice. And so far as this may
be the case, we hope the Lord may be on our side,
in this our trying situation.


In the afternoon the Indians came over, and
being seated on the beautiful green in the shade of
some trees, the commissioners came forth with their
speech in writing, which was interpreted by Tho-
mas Jones

, from the Genesee, in the Seneca lan-
guage. In it was contained many candid and gen-
erous proposals; but not coming up so fully to their
demands as they seemed to wish, they declined to
make any reply at present. But having the paper
given to them, said they would consider it mature-
ly, and return an answer tomorrow. On which the
council broke up, and the Indians returned again to
Whitewood Island, opposite to our camp. Among
these were the chiefs often different nations, who ap-
peared in council solid and sober.

8th mo. 1st.

The Indian deputies returned in the
morning early, and being seated, the Wyandot

called Carry-all-about, whose name signifies King of
all the western nations up the Lakes, — made a short
speech, importing, That many treaties had been
held at different places from time to time, wherein