Journal, December 1842–June 1844; Book 4, 1 March–22 June 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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23 May 1844 • Thursday
Thur[s]day 23d 1844.— with my family— reading Hebrew with —— and counselling with various friends— some better
<​10 A.M. Municipal court. . <​adjou[rn]ed—​> 1 week​>
1. P.M. held counsel council with the Indians— sac & fox &c in my back kitchen.
They told me (Joseph) “Your are a big chief, we are sons of <​2 as​> big men. <​and Priests​> as ever inhabited this land You preach a great deal so say great Spirit. you be as great & good as our fathers that will do. Our worship is differe[n]t. but we are good as any other men.—— before our nation were acquaintd with white men. th[e]y were as g[r]eat men as ever lived on th[e] —— now live on . 20 yrs ago. 6000 off us.— now. small nation. 3 towns.—— 2 men not over yesterday— they talk with big spirit we have had possession of this land.—— Neopope is one of our principle men.— we wish frie[n]dship with all men.— our cheefs done wrong in selling our Count[r]y.
Black hawks bro. maquisis— Sac nation worshippd on this piece of of ground.— when our fathe[r]s fir[s]t came here— this was inhabtd [inhabited] by sp[a]nish— spih [Spanish] drivn off fren[c]h came— and th[e]n English & America[n]s talk a great deal with the spirts big spirit.— we differnt colour. no differnc [difference] so we all good men. another said we have seen a great deal of pl[e]asure on these this grouds piece of Land. our fathers worshipped on this pi[e]ce of Land. English were very fri[en]dly. had good— we drove off a nation who was on the river— this is the best country our fathers had seen— Fathe[r]s of the 2 old men were preachers. wantd Joseph to be as [p. [128]]
23 May 1844 • Thursday
Thursday 23d 1844.— with my family— reading Hebrew with —— and counselling with various friends— some better
10 A.M. Municipal court. . adjourned— 1 week
1. P.M. held council with the Indians— sac & fox &c in my back kitchen.
They told me (Joseph) “Your are a big chief, we are sons of 2 as big men. and Priests as ever inhabited this land You preach a great deal so say great Spirit. you be as great & good as our fathers that will do. Our worship is different. but we are good as any other men.—— before our nation were acquaintd with white men. they were as great men as ever lived on the —— now live on . 20 yrs ago. 6000 off us.— now. small nation. 3 towns.—— 2 men not over yesterday— they talk with big spirit we have had possession of this land.—— Neopope is one of our principle men.— we wish friendship with all men.— our cheefs done wrong in selling our Country.
Black hawks bro. maquisis— Sac nation worshippd on this piece of of ground.— when our fathers first came here— this was inhabtd inhabited by spanish— spih [Spanish] drivn off french came— and then English & Americans talk a great deal with the big spirit.— we differnt colour. no differnc [difference] so we all good men. another said we have seen a great deal of pleasure on this piece of Land. our fathers worshipped on this piece of Land. English were very friendly. had good— we drove off a nation who was on the river— this is the best country our fathers had seen— Fathers of the 2 old men were preachers. wantd Joseph to be as [p. [128]]
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