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Indian Lives and Anecdotes ca. 1886 - 1941 part 5 (ms158_b3f003_005.07.pdf)

Within father's recollection the two tribes Passamaquoddy & Penobscot always helped each other elect their governors. They would send a large delegation across & stay until their entertainers were spring poor & had to pawn brooches [?] ornaments, simply to borrow money enough to send their guests home. Father once met the old governor of the Quoddy tribe (probably John Francis) who had started to walk back because he wanted to save the money given him. The tribe here were very angry at the slight thus put upon them, as if they had neglected to pay his way.

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Old John Francis [both underlined] was even then very old. He was 14 years old when he carried his father to fight the English at Machias. He died aged 110 years. Father saw him in 1874 [1875 pencilled above and struck through] (?) [question mark struck through] or about that time when he & Sebattis went to Pleasant Point. He was blind & very old but of clear mind He lived some years longer - {he d 1875} As the attack was in 1777, he must have died in 1873 or been still older. [entire phrase after the comma struck through] But he told father that he carried his father to the fight at Machias & that he was then "just 14 years old; how old I be then?" {His age a mistake of his own. He was 85 when he died & had mixed up his father's career with his own!}

Description: Pages from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm's notebook 10 (X)

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Language: English

Date: ca. 1886 - 1941

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