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(AMERICAN INDIANS.) Lafitau,

Joseph Francois.

Moeurs des Sauvages

Ameriquains comparées aux Moeurs

des Premiers Temps.

Folding map of

the Americas indicating regions inhabited

by Indian tribes, 42 folding plates. 4 vol-

umes. 12mo, contemporary mottled calf,

minor wear; moderate dampstaining.

Paris, 1724

[1,000/1,500]

Issued in the same year as the 4to first edition,

and possibly at the same time. “Comprehensive

and meticulous information on the Iroquois and

other northern tribes acquired by a long resi-

dence among them”—Howes L22 (“aa”).

Borba de Moraes, page I:452; European

Americana 724/98; Sabin 38597.

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(AMERCAN INDIANS.) [Lockwood,] Frank.

Letter from a clergyman

describing his missionary efforts among the Schaghticokes.

Autograph Letter

Signed to mother [Julia Maria Stevens Lockwood]. 4 pages, 10 x 8 inches, on one folding

sheet; minor wear, slight staining from a paper clip, slight loss at intersections of folds.

Gaylordsville, CT, 3 June 1866

[400/600]

The Rev. Frank Wilmot Lockwood (1842-1930) was a young Methodist minister from Ridgefield,

CT, beginning his service further north in the state along the NewYork border. Here he describes plans

to visit the land of the Schaghticokes, one of the oldest Indian reservations in America: “Last Sunday

night I found some Indian people out to meeting up at Bull’s Ridge. Some of them have become

Christians and are Methodists.There is a tribe of them about 2 miles above here in a mountain by the

side of the river, Schaghticoke Mountain, and the tribe are the Schaghticokes. I go among them in a

few days to see them. Thus you see I may consider myself a modern Elliott. They are gradually

decreasing and in a few years they will be known only in name.They live in log houses and there in

the solitudes of that mountain . . . they look off into the distant settlements of the white man and see

them rapidly increasing. . . . Soon the last red man shall lie down to look no more out from his favorite

mount. . . . the last war whoop sounded.” Rev. Lockwood was far from the only white man of the

nineteenth century to forecast the imminent extinction of the American Indian. He has been dead for

86 years now, but the Schaghticokes are still here.