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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Joseph Moore's Journal

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ful manoeuvre, on one side or the other. It was
somewhat extraordinary to hear general Lincoln

press, that they had received just such an answer as
he could have wished. What his meaning was, is
unknown. Friends slept in their tents as heretofore,
I believe with little fear.


We were hurried on board soon after break-
fast, with the remainder of "our baggage. Two run-
ners were dispatched by the commissioners to the
Six Nations

, the object unknown to us. About ele-
ven o'clock, we were all on board, and stood down
the river into the lake. My mind felt sorrowful and
very heavy, reflecting on the important subject of
our journey; but I could see nothing material omit-
ted on our part, to give uneasiness: so I endeavoured
to rest quiet, leaving the event to Him who judgeth
righteously. In this part of the world, but little mo-
rality, law, or religion, appears to govern the peo-
ple, though the climate is blessed with health and
there is plenty of the good things of this life; no-
thing being wanting but industry and thankful


First of the week. We came to anchor
among a cluster of islands in the west end of the
lake; of which there is said to be about thirty, great
and small. Some of them produce abundance of red
cedar, much used in ship building — there are also
raccoons and many other wild animals on them. We
stood out into the open lake with pleasant weather.
Had a season of solid retirement in the cabin, with
a few of our fellow passengers, to a good degree of
satisfaction and comfort; though held in much con-
tempt by others, who supposed themselves wise and
good enough already.