Excerpt from The Western Captive, or the Times of Tecumseh
The tribes met in solemn council, and the pledge that was to bind in one great confederation all the tribes of the north, the south, and the west, was given in the midst of solemn and mysterious rites and from hencefo... rth the Indian should dwell securely in his Wigwam -should traverse the deep forest, bound over the wide prairie, and launch his canoe upon the noble stream of the west, and the white man no more should molest or make him afraid. The tomahawk should rest in the earth, or be dug up only to repel aggression. The white man should dwell in peace beyond the mountains, but only there - should his steps encroach upon the soil they were now pledged to defend, in whatsoever point, it should be common cause with the tribes; all holding themselves in readiness to resent the injury, to drive back the intruder, and preserve undivided the heri tage of the tribes. They were now to be one. One in peace, one in war. Tribe should no more war with tribe, for they were all brethren.
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