Excerpt from Ephraim Douglass and His Times: A Fragment of History With the Journal of George McCully (Hitherto Unpublished) And Various Letters of the Period
The narrators tramped many miles through an almost path less wilderness on a fruitless errand. Their lives were const... antly in danger from many sources. Their most dangerous enemy was the savage, for he was on the lookout for scalps and could not know that the errand of the travelers was one of peace. The two men were not impelled by the love of adventure or the excitement of ordinary travelers in undertaking this expedition. Nor were they actuated by any promises of pay for their troubles and trials, for it was many years before Congress authorized the payment for their services, and the men had both passed from among the living when a pittance was finally doled out to their descendants. They were going in order to perform a duty imposed upon them by Congress. That they were unsuccessful is not greatly to be won dered at, for the British officers in Canada were much disconcerted to find that peace had been declared, and did not propose to admit of defeat by the Americans until compelled to do so. The greater wonder is that Douglass and mccully traveled through the north western wilderness and met the various Indians and Indian tribes, and returned unharmed to their eastern homes.
The early history of the Northwest Territory is not well known. But few travelers have left a record of their journeys through its woods, and a hearty welcome is always extended to any new document that is found on the subject.
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