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Caleb Pusey's 1688 mission to the Lenape
Posted by: Mark Dixon (ID *****3513) Date: July 01, 2003 at 22:13:13
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Hi, Puseys

I'm hoping that someone out there might be able to verify (or debunk) a story I've encountered about Caleb Pusey, the early Quaker immigrant to Pennsylvania who built a mill at Chester, PA, under the auspices of William Penn.

In brief, it goes like this: About 1688, Pusey heard the Lenape were about to go to war against the colonists. His response was to walk alone and unarmed to the Lenape chief's camp to determine his grievances. As it turned out, the chief had a few (mostly unpaid debts by whites) but was in no way about to go to war.

I've seen this story alluded to in an old Delaware County history and the caretaker of the Caleb Pusey house had also heard it. But the details are very sketchy. No one seems to know the chief's name or can cite documentary evidence that this really happened.

Anybody?

Mark E. Dixon
Wayne, PA


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