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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joseph Moore's Journal

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to Fort Erie

, from Michillimackinac, loaded with
peltry, having on board three hundred and thirty-
three packs, the greatest part supposed to be worth
twenty guineas each. So great is the fur trade in
this country, that it is almost beyond description.
In the afternoon, John Elliott and myself took a
walk to Simon Girty's, and from thence about half
a mile further down the lake, where we saw some
plain traces of one of the very old forts, among the
many that are in divers parts of this country, of
which the present Indians can give no account from
tradition or otherwise.


First of the week. We held a small meet-
ing at Simon Girty

's, we hope to profit: — himself
gone to the Indian council with the deputies that
were here from the Rapids. William Savery and
myself being comrades in a small tent, our bedding
got a good deal wet with the great rain that fell to-
day, and having no opportunity for drying, we slept
on them as they were. In the morning, felt well,
which is an additional cause of thankfulness for the
many favours we have received.


We have frequent visits from the town, —
and this day came James Abbot

, William Bow, and
— Sportsman, in a small sail boat. Our friend
John Parrish, paid a visit to the Wyandot Indian
town about four miles from our camp. This night
was the most general complaint of the musketoes I
have yet heard since our encamping here. Most of
us got little sleep either in the house, tents, or on
ship board. Towards day the weather grew colder
— wind N. W. which caused an increase of muske-
toes in our tents.


One of the servants of captain Elliot

, called