Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions

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CHAPTER XXVIII
Down the Mississippi

Left St. Peters. Taking the two varieties in the mass, the Indians must be acknowledged the most perfect gentlemen in America, particularly in their deportment. It was with regret that I parted with my friends in the fort, my kind host, Mr. Sibley,1 and my noble-minded warrior Sioux. I could have remained at St. Peters for a year with pleasure, and could only regret that life was so short and the Mississippi so long.

There is, however, one serious drawback in all America to life in the woods--or life in cities, or every other kind of life--which is the manner, go where you will, in which you are pestered by the mosquitoes. Strangers are not the only sufferers; those who are born and die in the country are equally tormented, and it is slap, slap, slap, all day and all night long, for these animals bite through everything less thick than a buffalo's skin. As we ascended the river they

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Henry Hastings Sibley ( 1811- 91) entered the service of the American Fur Company in 1829 and soon rose to eminence in the company. He served in Congress as a delegate from both the Minnesota and Wisconsin territories. In 1858 Sibley was elected the first governor of Minnesota. From 1862 to 1865 he was involved with various Indian difficulties but succeeded in negotiating treaties between the Indians and the United States government.

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