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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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I am happy to find, that it has pleased the Great
Spirit, that we should again, this evening, meet in
the same house, in which we held our council yester-
day. I am happy to find, that it is the will of the
Great and Good Spirit, that we should discover, there
was something yesterday not mentioned, that was
highly necessary for the welfare of your brethren.

Friends and Brothers—I am glad to find that it has
pleased the Great Spirit, to put a wish in your hearts,
to know our opinions on the subject you have men-
tioned ; a subject of the greatest moment to us.
What you have said, relative to our being one flesh,
and one blood, is true. Your brothers, the Indians,
believe, that it is in this light the Great Spirit con-
siders all mankind.

Brothers and Friends—My brother chiefs, that are
now present, with myself, are happy to find, that you
have a good opinion of us. You say, that you ap-
prehend we have eyes in our heads, and can clearly
see for ourselves, those things that are injurious to us.
This, my friends and brothers, is the case; we clearly
see these things: my brother chiefs, that are now
present with me, as well as myself, have long seen
them; we have long lamented these great evils that
have raged in our country, and that have done your
red brethren so much harm; we have applied for
redress, and endeavoured to have them removed from
amongst us.

When our forefathers met first on this Island, your
red brethren then were numerous; but since the
introduction amongst us of what you call spirituous
liquors, and what, we think, may be justly called
poison, our numbers are greatly diminished: it has
destroyed a great part of our red brethren.

My Brothers and Friends—I am glad to hear you
observe, that freedom of speech ought always to be
made use of amongst brothers; this, brothers, really
ought to be the case. I will now, therefore, take