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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journey into Indian Country

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Banks, yet last fall they were overflown
the River as I was informed rose 42 feet
Perpendicular. The people here were very
busy building flat bottomed Boats, they are
made out of green timber, about 12 feet wide,
and from 20 to 30 feet long, boarded up, on
each side, 5 or 6 feet high, and roofed over
more than half way, I was informed many
boats of this kind was built on this River
and its neighboring Waters, they are
sold at the rate of 11/3 per foot, for every
foot they are in length, to people who come
with families to these Waters, to take their
departure Westward, and Sail Southwest,
to new Countries, they put on board, horse
Waggon, farming Utensels, Cowkind, hosehold
furniture &c: and so great if the Spirit of emi-
-gration down the Waters of the Ohio to dif-
-firent places, that we were informed when
at Pittsburgh

by a very reputable Character
that for 30 days past upon an average he
thought there had been from 10 to 12 of these
boats, containing from 20 to 50 persons so
loaded, passing by that Town each day. they
gently move down with the Current, and when
they come to the mouth of the Scioto and other