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Beyond Penn's Treaty

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sired port unharmed.

We reached the school early in the evening, where we
were cordially recieved by all the Friends of the Establishment
and hospitably entertained.

The day following we made arrangements for a Coun-
cil with the Indians, viewed the premises &c; and in the
evening we visited the school, heard the scholars recite thier
Scripture questions, spell &c.

The school consisted of twenty three boys and four-
teen girls; we were pleased with its appearance at this
and the subsequent visits that we made. The scholars
manifisted a good degree of activity, and appeared cheerful
and happy: they had made considerable proficiency in
thier studies, as much as could reasonably be expected
under the circumstances in which they were placed.

They are taught in the English language and converse
in english with the whites; but when conversing among
themselves they speak the Shawnee altogether.

Attached to this School is a large farm the income
of which goes to the support of the family. The boys
work on the farm and are instructed in agriculture: the
Institution being conducted somewhat on the plan of
a manual labour school. We were well satisfied
with the appearance of the farm.

The buildings, were poor and ill adapted
to the wants of such and Institution.

This school is supported by the Yearly
Meetings of Baltimore

, Ohio, and Indianna.

We made a visit to the Methodist

School distant about three miles from that of Friends; thier
buildings are of brick and are large, and an extensive
farm is attached to the Establishment: this school
is likewise conducted on the manual labour plan.

They instruct upwards of eighty children annually,
at this Institution. Our Government

has done much
towards its establishment, and the deficiency is made
up by the Methodist band. The children were making
tolerable progress in the various studies in which they
were engaged; as well as in agriculture and the mechan-
ic arts.

The Baptists

have also a small school in the
Shawnee nation; but at the time of our visit it was

After visiting the Schools, we called on several
families of the Indians; many of whom appeared to be
living tolerably well, in comfortable log houses. Some
of them have pretty good furniture, and utensils for
cooking, &c. Some have barns for their cattle, and other
out buildings. They raise a supply of indian corn
for themselves and cattle, and keep oxen, cows, horses hogs
and a few sheep. They all raise a large number of
fowls; some of them have peach orchards, and have sent
peaches to market the past season. Many of the
men of this Tribe are industrious as well as the women.

A few of the men are mechanics, and work by the
day for the white settlers, and give satisfaction to thier
employers. They appear to be adopting the dress,
and manners of the whites, and to be advancing slowly
in civilization. It is reported, that some of them have
embraced christianity; but most of them adhere to thier
ancient views of religion. A considerable number
are yet given to dissipation.

They all appear to have a high regard for Friends,
and recieved us kindly; manifesting much interest with
our visit.

We held a number of councils with them during
our stay in the nation, to pretty good satisfaction; and
rendered them such advice as appeared proper; to which
they listened with interest and attention--they were
apt at making us acquainted with their grievances:
at one of their councils with the Chiefs and head
men of the nation. The following speech was made,
our certificates and documents having been previously
read, and we having rendered them such council
and advice as way opened for.

Perhaps it is the will of God, that we should
meet to day to talk over things together; and if
there was no trouble in the way, we could get
along much better in making you a reply. You
know that when there is only a little trouble in
the way we can not get along so well.

Brothers, We are glad to hear you talk, and
when we meet in this way we think about God, and
talk about Him, for we believe it is his will that