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              families who live here, two mails in a month, brought to the place by
dog-sleighs and Indians.          We took a look outside at the dank
night, and mist enshrouded lake, & I got her shawl and put it on.
With her curls hooded by it she looked very pretty.   Woudn�t dance,
when they commenced, and when I pressed her, acknowledged herself a
�professor of religion.�      We chatted along right pleasantly, all the
men knowing she was the prettiest girl in the boat, and after an
hour and a half pleasantly spent, it ended.          A talk with Swan
and his sister, then down below, where �Fond du Lac� Godefroi was
playing Euchre, swearing loudly and talking Indian dialects.
     Talk with a Detroit man, hight Campo Campeau, about Michigan Uni-
versity.     Bed by 11 1/2.
  17. Wednesday.  Rain and lightning all night to an extreme
degree.     Rising I found we were lying off La Pointe, having
progressed some 8 miles in the Precedent � man drifted out, being at work on the pier, 
	rescued.     A pretty large collection
of huts, some few white folk and many Indians. Propeller Independence, fist boat 
	launched on the lakes lying here � 1846  The place
as its name imports is situate on a long low-lying point stretching
out into the Lake.    We stop some time to wood &c.       I
find pretty girl with the curls and have a chat with her, her
brother, and mother.       Presently they are off in boat to visit
a protestant church yard, some little distance off, � the old lady
would go, inasmuch as she had buried a daughter there.   Swan
and I ramble off to see the village. Tis merely a fishing place,
has been of more importance as a rendevous of Voyageurs.  Many
Indians of both sexes about, and not a few half-breeds.  And small
lithe, long-black-haired urchins paddling in the water where canoes
lay.      The red men were poorly dressed, some in half civilized costume,               
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