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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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splendid villains above the control of our laws.
Daring wickedness is here never suffered to triumph
over helpless innocence; the estates of widows and
orphans are never devoured by enterprising sharpers.
In a word, we have no robbery under the colour of
law. No person among us desires any other reward
for performing a brave and worthy action, but the
consciousness of having served his Nation. Our wise
men are called Fathers—they truly sustain that cha-
racter ; they are always accessible, I will not say to
the meanest of our people, for we have none mean,
but such as render themselves so by their vices.

The palaces and prisons among you form a most
dreadful contrast. Go to the former places, and you
will see, perhaps, a deformed piece of earth, assuming
airs that become none but the Great Spirit above;
go to one of your prisons;—here description utterly
fails. Kill them, if you please—kill them, too, by
torture; but let the torture last no longer than a day.
Those you call savages, relent; the most furious of
our tormentors exhausts his rage in a few hours, and
despatches the unhappy victim with a sudden stroke.
Perhaps, it is eligible that incorrigible offenders should
sometimes be cut off—Let it be done in a way that
is not degrading to human nature; let such unhap-
py men have an opportunity, by the fortitude of their
death, of making an atonement, in some measure,
for the crimes they have committed during their lives.

But, for what are many of your prisoners con-
fined?—For debt.—Astonishing! And will you ever
again call the Indian nation cruel? Liberty, to a ra-
tional creature, as much exceeds property, as the light
of the sun does that of the most twinkling star.
But you put them on a level, to the everlasting dis-
grace of civilization! I knew, while I lived among
the white people, many of the most amiable contract
debts, and, I dare say, with the best intentions. Both
parties, at the time of the contract, expect to find
their advantage. The debtor, we will suppose, by a