Correspondence from Charles E. Banks to Fannie Hardy Eckstorm ca. 1915-1930, Part 3 (ms158_b1f005_003.05.pdf)
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the "river" today like a mill race at flood tide you would understand why I balk at the "river" idea and cling to the tic-tuck-tek8 root as its key- a tidal stream. I know of none like it in Maine, but I suppose there are many. I begin at Piscataqua (rising in shapleyh) then Saco, Royal River (No. Yarm) Kennebec, Penobscot- real rivers of varying sizes, hot fresh (fresh is underscored) and mostly [?] blocked by falls. The Presumpscot at or near Portland, has falls- Me Fore "River"- (Portland) is a short tidal "River" and so is the nonesuch "River" in Scarboro. I maintain the difference is vital. If it isnt, then the Indian wouldn't know why an arrow wasn't a bullet. If one of them saw water running up hill to the source and called it a "river" he was lacking in the use of her mother tongue. Has the saltish water no significance in their nomenclature? It isn't potable water as you can understand.As to Pemaquid and Machigonne- they have no present urge. I brought them up in an apropos spirit, as related to the whole question of applied Abenaki nomenclature. Of course my present problem is Aguam-n-tick-us. I shall "lay hold" of Pemaquid as you set it out and consider it in connection with Norumbega. When I get through with my York book-I digress to say that I shall see that you have a copy with the "author's compliments" - I want to do something with our old friend Norumbega. There is one suggestive point in its bibliography which I hope may be run to earth. As I recall it, the traveler Ingraham who visited "it" about 1570 (?) figured in some litigation about his tribe or his vessel, according to [?]. If so there might be a chanceryor admiralty suit in London. I got my Popham documents out of the High Court of Admiralty and that bloomin' court
Description: Letters pertaining to Indian place names in Maine, Indian languages, and other matters relating to Wabanaki cultures and history.
Date: ca. 1915-1930
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