own natural powers,
but must be under the influence
of the Good Spirit.
We also believe that there is an evil spirit, which
is always striving to lead us into wrong things: that
spirit which leads us to hate and destroy one another;
and in this persuasion of mind, we believe it neces-
sary for us to sit down in stillness and quiet, to wait
upon the Great Spirit.
Under these impressions, we are concerned often
to assemble ourselves together, that we may indivi-
dually come under an exercise and concern, to be
rightly directed in our religious movements; and
once in the year we assemble at certain places, in
order to have a general and full conference, to know
how things are amongst us as a people.
One of these meetings is held at Philadelphia
another at Baltimore
past, our minds were brought under a concern on
behalf of our brethren, the Indians; and remember-
ing the friendship that had subsisted between our
society and the Indians, from the first settlement of
our fathers upon this continent, and at the same time
recollecting that the country to the westward was
fast settling, apprehensions arose in our mind, that,
as the game became scarce, they would be brought
under sufferings; and, as there had been long wars
between some of the white people and the Indians,
we had not had, for a long time, an opportunity of
taking our brothers, the Indians, by the hand.
Now, brothers, as we are thus led by the concerns
that arose in our council, some of us were appointed
to go out into the wilderness, and endeavour to get
amongst our brethren, the Indians, that we might
have some talk with them; and amongst those who
were appointed, this, my brother, who sits at my
right hand, was one; and I have thought that he,
perhaps, can give a more full account, both of the
times, and of our first movements at the concern.