Travels In The United States Of America; Commencing In The Year 1793, And Ending In 1797. With The Author's Journals Of His Two Voyages Across The Atlantic By William Priest































































































































































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Ever Since My Arrival In America, I Have Made Up My Mind To Take The First Opportunity Of Going To

The westward on a shooting party, for a month or two, among the Indians; for which purpose I procured an

Introduction to the young _corn-planter_, son to a chief of the six nations, who is here for his education. He was no sooner informed of my intention, than he gave me a cordial invitation to attend him on his return in the fall; or, if I could not then make it convenient, at any other time; but the distance is so great, that, to confess the truth, I have never yet been able to raise the _necessary supplies_, and am likely to leave America without seeing a single wigwam.

The Indians have a fine natural genius for oratory, painting, and sculpture: I have a specimen of the latter cut with a knife on a piece of hickory, which is destitute neither of elegance of design, nor neatness of execution. But the most extraordinary trait in the character of these _red men_ is their _continence_. We have every year fourteen or fifteen of their chiefs in this city, to form treaties, and other public business. They are often attended with well-made young men in the prime of life, and yet I never heard but of _one_ instance of their engaging in a love-intrigue of _any kind_. They frequently tomahawk and scalp the most beautiful women, who are so unfortunate as to fall into their hands in time of war.

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