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To the Committees of New England and
New York Yearly Meetings of Friends, on the concern
for the Indians located west of the Mississipi River. Dear friends,

Having been permitted through the
goodness and merciful preservation of our Great Care
Taken to accomplish our journey among the Indians,
we would now inform that we have visited about
twenty Tribes and remnants of Tribes of those located on
the western frontier of the United States, and have taken
the following notes and observations respecting them.

At the close of New England Yearly Meeting

of Friends in 1842, having consulted with several mem-
bers of the Committee on Indian affairs; both of New
and New York Yearly Meetings, and they having
expressed thier concurrence in our prospect of visiting Wash-
at that time in order to procure some documents from
the Indian department. We proceeded directly there and
had an introduction with the Commissioner on Indian affairs.
Upon being made acquainted with our business he re-
ceived us kindly, and freely offered to furnish us with
such letters and documents signed by the Secretary of
War and himself as might be useful in facilitating our
contemplated visit--while at Washington we pro-
cured some public documents and Reports respecting the
Indians, and returned pretty directly to New York; there
we made some arrangements with the Committee preparatory
to our journey, and then returned to our homes.

Having made the needful proparations we took
leave of our dear families and friends the latter part of
the eighth month 1842--on our way we called on
some of the Indian Committee in Providence

, and then
proceeded to New York, where having completed our
arrangements for the journey we took leave of the Com-
mittee there, and many other dear friends. From New
we pursued our way to Ohio Yearly Meeting through
Washington, calling at the Indian department--we attended
the several sittings of the Yearly Meeting, and two sittings of
the Committee on the concern for the Indians; heard the Report
of their Committee respecting the condition of the Shawnee
School, and made such inquiries as seemed proper respecting
the best mode of getting to the Mississipi River: and