Letters From An American Farmer By Hector St. John De Crevecoeur

 -  I have been for
several years an expert marksman; but I dread lest the imperceptible
charm of Indian education, may - Page 280
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I Have Been For Several Years An Expert Marksman; But I Dread Lest The Imperceptible Charm Of Indian Education, May Seize My Younger Children, And Give Them Such A Propensity To That Mode Of Life, As May Preclude Their Returning To The Manners And Customs Of Their Parents.

I have but one remedy to prevent this great evil; and that is, to employ them in the labour of the fields, as much as I can; I am even resolved to make their daily subsistence depend altogether on it.

As long as we keep ourselves busy in tilling the earth, there is no fear of any of us becoming wild; it is the chase and the food it procures, that have this strange effect. Excuse a simile - those hogs which range in the woods, and to whom grain is given once a week, preserve their former degree of tameness; but if, on the contrary, they are reduced to live on ground nuts, and on what they can get, they soon become wild and fierce. For my part, I can plough, sow, and hunt, as occasion may require; but my wife, deprived of wool and flax, will have no room for industry; what is she then to do? like the other squaws, she must cook for us the nasaump, the ninchicke, and such other preparations of corn as are customary among these people. She must learn to bake squashes and pumpkins under the ashes; to slice and smoke the meat of our own killing, in order to preserve it; she must cheerfully adopt the manners and customs of her neighbours, in their dress, deportment, conduct, and internal economy, in all respects.

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