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Correspondence from Charles E. Banks to Fannie Hardy Eckstorm ca. 1915-1930, Part 3 (ms158_b1f005_003.06.pdf)

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gave me a lot of stuff about Pilgrims- just suits about their vessels, discussing new historical materal. As soon as I get foot loose I must get after DaCosta's work on norumbega and see where he left off. I found a deposition by William Baffin about her discoveries with the Admiralty Court- called himself a goldsmith of houdon! I think the "Examination Books." (Depositions) of the Admiralty begin about 1550 and are in good condition.

Many thanks for the "Red Paint" burial on Cape Cod which I found in my Smith from your reference. I doubt if one in a hundred readers would get its significance. Pity that "Master" Winslow was more concerned with Brownism, Separatism, Puritanism and other whimsies than with the scientific possibilities of their exploration. These European utensils and corn in a grave he called "trash" and "odde knacks" ! For a further divertissement [divertissement is underscored] I note that New Foundland had a Sperwink Down in the early days. Nonsuch "River" also in Scarboro is the name of an English estate. Probably Dr. Ballard had some dance hall name for them derived from the Abnaki stems.

Description: Letters pertaining to Indian place names in Maine, Indian languages, and other matters relating to Wabanaki cultures and history.

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Date: ca. 1915-1930

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