The Die Is Cast, 1772
ALTHOUGH THE final decision to move to the Muskingum had not been made officially, David Zeisberger, in his heart, knew an affirmative decision was imminent. Early in 1772, the congregation at Lagundo Utenunk approached the numbers currently at Friedenshutten. The question of how to move both settlements to the Muskingum that year filled his thoughts with logistic nightmares. With 124 Delaware and Munsee converts on the Beaver, 151 Delawares at Friedenshutten, and another 50 Mahicans from Schechschiquanunk just north of Friedenshutten, he knew how difficult it would be to organize such a move.
Unfortunately, the incidence of drunkenness in the neighborhood of Lagundo Utenunk continued to increase. On January 10, Zeisberger sent Isaac with a dispatch to Packanke and his Kaskaskunk council. The tone of the message was close to an ultimatum. He said Packanke had been asked on behalf of all the inhabitants of the missionary town to keep his young people in check and to see that the village was not molested by drunken Indians. If this continued, they would be obliged to live somewhere else.1
The chief promised to respond in a few days. Normally, a "few days" could mean several months or longer. Surprisingly, three days later a reply was delivered by Gulpikamen and four other Indians from Kaskaskunk.2