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TOUR TO THE LAKES ,
OF THE CHARACTER AND CUSTOMS OF THE
CEIPPE WAY INDIANS,
AND OF INCIDENTS CONNECTED WITH
THE TREATY OF FOND DU LAC.
BY THOMAS L. McKENNEY,
OF THE INDIAN DEPARTMENT,
ALGIC, OR CHIPPEWAY LANGUAGE,
FORMED IN PART, AND AS FAR AS IT GOES, UPON THE BASIS OF ONE FURNISHED
BY THE HON. ALBERT GALLATIN.
“Thus fare the shiv'ring natives of the north,
GRNAMENTED WITH TWENTY-NINE ENGEAVINGS, (F LARE SUPERIOR, AND OTHER
SCENERY, INDIAN LIKENESSES,COSTUMES, &c.
TO THE READER.
I have no apology to offer for the numerous imperfections of this work. I have consented to its publication, and have thus, impliedly at least, admitted, that in my own opinion, full of blemishes as I may esteem it to be, there will remain enough, after these shall have been overlooked, to make it not altogether unworthy of a perusal. It is, however, but justice to state, that I left home without the most remote intention of offering to the public the scraps which I might pick up by the way; and therefore made no preparations, either in books, or tests, or instruments.--I promised in compliance with the request of a friend, and which was made in the night preceding the morning on which I set out, to do, and in a certain way, just what I have accomplished, and just so, and in precisely the order, in which this promise was fulfilled, will the reader find it in this volume.
I am aware that the form might have been changed, and the plan re-modelled; and that in the process the weeds might have been left out, and the flowers, if any, retained. But for such a task I have neither the leisure, nor the inclination. The reader will, therefore, have to follow me,-if he follow at all-in the first track, crooked and uninteresting as it may be; and the only consolation I can offer him is, that when he may arrive at a green spot, or pleasant place, he has my free consent to sit down and enjoy himself as long as he may think proper; and then, either to continue the journey, or turn back.