187 kind should not be [discovered] the time will undoubtedly come when these [various] shores will support millions of human beings this will be after other portions of the U.S. [United States] are filled up & the more available of their resources are in some degree exhausted. The over exuberance of the woods. The want of available land for agriculture & the abundance of both lumber trees & food fishes nearer the markets are the most telling of the causes that are to prevent the immediate settlement of this noble wilderness. Dry grounds in the interior will produce rye & perhaps wheat & the mines will afford
188 tens of thousands ere long. Then lives are shaped & directed by principles as keenly appreciated & as inexorably binding as those of the whites [Aye] [more] so. We laugh at their [inconsistencies] & weaknesses but there is far less to laugh at viewed in the face of Nature [there] in the character of these Inds [Indians] than in our own race. They manage to feed themselves well build good houses, fight their enemies love their wives & children & friends & [maintain] a quick & keen sense of honor They prefer death to dishonor sympathise with misfortune of friends. When a family loses a child by death neighbors make it a solemn duty to go & cheer console them, gather around the fire & smoke & talk kindly tell them not to grieve to [too] much, remind
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