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May Heaven be propitious, and smile on the cause of my country.
Smoke the pipe of peace, bury the tomahawk, and become one nation.
Why cannot we correct the baneful passions, without weakening the good?
Few Indians only had breech cloths, most being wrapped in buffalo robes, otherwise quite naked.
The village had a mill near it, situated on the little creek, which made very good flour. The population consisted of civilized Indians, but much mixed blood.
There had so lately been a large force of Spanish cavalry at the village, which had made a great impression on the minds of the young men, as to their power, consequence, which my appearance with 20 infantry was by no means calculated to remove.
If success attends my steps, honor and glory await my name-if defeat, still shall it be said we died like brave men, and conferred honor, even in death, on the American Name.
They were conspiring to desert us in the night and steal some of our horses... we engaged a spy.
He was a man, he always performed his promises.
I differ materially from Capt. Lewis, in my account of the numbers, manners, and morals of the Sioux.
I was informed... that some... were dreaming and wished to return.
If we go to Chihuahua we must be considered as prisoners of war?
In my proper character, I am an officer of the United States Army.
On no further occasion present a flag or medal to an Indian.
Should I be the happy mortal destined to turn the scale of war, will you not rejoice, O my father?
Strict justice would demand total confiscation of your property, personal imprisonment and fines.
The Spanish troops returned and we could yet discover the grass beaten down in the direction which they went.
Give immediate instruction to all your posts in said territory, under your direction, at no time and on no pretence to hoist, or suffer be hoisted, the English flag.
With the dreary season in which we travelled part of the route; with our minds much more actively employed in forming resources for our preservation from famine.
A young man who is here speaks the Panis language, and in many other respects, is preferable.
The toute ensemble was such as to make polished society blush, when compared with these savages.
You have already disarmed my men without my knowledge, are their arms to be returned or not?
American agents... are the only persons authorized to hold councils of a political nature.
At the lodge the chief gave me many particulars which were relative to the late visit of the Spaniards.
I cannot consent to be led three or four hundred leagues out of my route, without its being by force of arms.
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