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MINNESOTA AND DACOTAH:

IN

Letters descriptive of a Tour through the North-West,

IN THE AUTUMN OF 1856.

WITH

INFORMATION RELATIVE TO PUBLIC LANDS,

AND

A TABLE OF STATISTICS.

By C. C. ANDREWS,

COUNSELOR AT LAW; EDITOR OF THE OFFICIAL OPINIONS OF THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES.

"From the forests and the prairies, From the great lakes of the Northland, From the land of the Ojibways, From the land of the Dacotahs."

LONGFELLOW

SECOND EDITION. W A S H I N G T O N: ROBERT FARNHAM 1857 _______

Entered, according to act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

C. C. ANDREWS,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the District of Columbia. _______

PHILADELPHIA:

STEREOTYPED BY E. B. MEARS.

PRINTED BY C. SHERMAN & SON. _______

THESE

"Trivial Fond Records"

ARE

RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

TO THE

YOUNG MEN OF MINNESOTA. _______

INTRODUCTION. _______

THE object of publishing these letters can be very briefly stated.

During the last autumn I made a tour into Minnesota, upwards of a hundred and thirty miles north-west of St. Paul, to satisfy myself as to the character and prospects of the territory. All I could learn from personal observation, and otherwise, concerning its society and its ample means of greatness, impressed me so favorably as to the advantages still open to the settler, that I put down in the form of letters such facts as I thought would be of general interest. Since their publication-- in the Boston, Post-- a few requests, which I could not comply with, were made for copies of them all. I was led to believe, therefore, that if I revised them and added information relative to unoccupied lands, the method of preemption, and the business interests of the territory, they would be worthy of publication in a more permanent form. Conscious that what I have written is an inadequate description of that splendid domain, I shall be happy indeed to have contributed, in ever so small a degree, to advance its growth and welfare.

Here I desire to acknowledge the aid which has been readily extended to my undertaking by the Delegate from Minnesota-- Hon. HENRY M. RICE-- whose faithful and unwearied services-- I will take the liberty to add-- in behalf of the territory, merit the highest praise. I am also indebted for valuable information to EARL S. GOODRICH, Esq., editor of the Daily Pioneer (St. Paul) and Democrat.

In another place I give a list of the works which I have had occasion to consult or refer to.

C. C. ANDREWS.

Washington, January 1, 1857. _______

LIST OF WORKS WHICH HAVE BEEN CONSULTED OR REFERRED TO IN THE PREPARATION OF THIS WORK.

Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi, by Major Z. M. PIKE vol. Philadelphia; 1807.

Travels to the Source of the Missouri River, by Captains LEWIS and CLARKE. 3 vols. London: 1815.

Expedition to the Source of the St. Peter's River, Lake Winnepek, &c., under command of Major STEPHEN H. LONG 2 vols. Philadelphia: 1824.

British Dominions in North America. By JOSEPH BOUCHETTE, Esq. 3 vols. London: 1832.

History of the Colonies of the British Empire. By R. M. MARTIN, Esq. London; 1843.

Report on the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi, by J. N. NICOLLET. Senate Document 237, 2d Session, 26th Congress. Washington: 1843.

Report, of an Exploration of the Territory of Minnesota, by Brevet Captain JOHN POPE, Corps Topographical Engineers. Senate Document 42, 1st Session, 31st Congress. Washington: 1850.

Sketches of Minnesota. By E. S. SEYMOUR. New York: 1850.

Report on Colonial and Lake Trade, by ISRAEL D. ANDREWS, Consul General of the United States for the British Provinces. Executive Document 112, 1st Session, 32d Congress. Washington: 1852.

History of the Discovery and Exploration of the Mississippi River. By J. G. SHEA. New York: 1852.

Minnesota and its Resources. By J. WESLEY BOND. New York: 1853.

Discovery of the Sources of the Mississippi River. By HENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT. Philadelphia: 1855.

Exploration and Surveys for a Railroad Route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, made under the direction of the Secretary of War in 1853-4, (including Reports of Gov. Stevens and others.) Washington: 1855.

The Emigrant's Guide to Minnesota By an Old Resident. 1 vol. St. Anthony: 1856. _______

CONTENTS. _______

LETTER I. BALTIMORE TO CHICAGO.

Anecdote of a preacher-- Monopoly of seats in the cars-- Detention in the night-- Mountain scenery on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad-- Voting in the cars-- Railroad refreshments-- Political excitement-- The Virginian and the Fremonters-- A walk in Columbus-- Indianapolis-- Lafayette-- Michigan City-- Chicago

LETTER II. CHICAGO TO ST. PAUL.

Railroads to the Mississippi-- Securing passage on the steamboat-- The Lady Franklin-- Scenery of the Mississippi-- Hastings-- Growth of settlements

LETTER III. CITY OF ST. PAUL.

First settlement of St. Paul-- Population-- Appearance of the city-- Fuller House-- Visitors-- Roads-- Minneapolis-- St. Anthony-- Suspension Bridge

LETTER IV. THE BAR.

Character of the Minnesota bar-- Effect of connecting land business with practice-- Courts-- Recent Legislation of Congress as to the territorial judiciary-- The code of practice-- Practice in land cases-- Chances for lawyers in the West-- Charles O'Connor-- Requisite qualifications of a lawyer-- The power and usefulness of a great lawyer-- Talfourd's character of Sir William Follett-- Blending law with politics-- Services of lawyers in deliberative assemblies

LETTER V. ST. PAUL TO CROW WING IN TWO DAYS.

Stages-- Roads-- Rum River-- Indian treaty-- Itasca-- Sauk Rapids-- Watab at midnight-- Lodging under difficulties-- Little Rock River-- Character of Minnesota streams-- Dinner at Swan River-- Little Falls-- Fort Ripley-- Arrival at Crow Wing

LETTER VI. THE TOWN OF CROW WING.

Scenery-- First Settlement of Crow Wing-- Red Lake Indians-- Mr. Morrison-- Prospects of the town-- Upper navigation-- Mr. Beaulieu-- Washington's theory as to Norfolk-- Observations on the growth of towns

LETTER VII. CHIPPEWA INDIANS-- HOLE-IN-THE-DAY.

Description of the Chippewa tribes-- Their habits and customs-- Mission at Gull Lake-- Progress in farming-- Visit to


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