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CITIZEN OF NATURE.
COMPANION of my boyish days, peace to thy Soul: may the Great Spirit shield thee from every evil; may sorrow and strife fly thy dwelling, as the smoke wreathes from the bowl of the calumet.
Thou wilt perceive by my date, I have put in execution my design so long meditated, and so often intimated to thee, of visiting the country of the Whites. Thou wilt doubtless remember my frequent stay at the English settlement on the banks of our river: impelled by curiosity, I succeeded in gaining at intervals a knowledge of their language, and some acquaintance with their customs, so different from ours. My repeated conferences with the persons sent by them to supersede our ancient religious belief, and to propagate their own in its stead, had also great weight