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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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The Friend alluded to then proceeded:—


About six years ago, we believe, the Good Spirit
put into our hearts, at our great council, held in this
town, to endeavour to do something for the Indians;
and, about four years ago, two others, besides myself,
went over the Great Mountains, westward, in order
to see your situation, and to know your disposition,
whether you would receive any thing from us or not.

We wished to go to Sandusky

, expecting to find
the greatest number of Indians at that place. We
could not get a guide till we got to the forks of Scioto,
where we agreed with one to take us to Isaac
. At that place, we were informed that a
number of chiefs were at Detroit.

We sent for some Wyandot

chiefs, who resided
about 25 miles from Isaac Zane's, and had a confer-
ence with them. We informed them of the desire
our society had, to do something for the Indians that
would be useful to them. From thence we went to
Upper Sandusky. Isaac Zane piloted us, and there,
also, we had a conference with some of the Delaware
chiefs. We wanted to know whether they would
be willing to be instructed, on their own lands, in
a way to procure a sufficiency for them to eat; to
have a mill to grind their corn, and have their chil-
dren instructed to read and write? They informed
us, that they could not give us an answer at that time,
but would lay our proposals before their council.

About three years ago, we received a speech and
a belt of wampum from a council held at Detroit

the speech did not contain an answer to the propo-
sals made to them, but an invitation to us to attend
their council. (A short pause.)

The Little Turtle

, chief of the Miamis, said:—

It is not usual for us to interrupt any one in