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Cherokee | Lenape | Meskwaki | Nanticoke | Onondaga
Alternate forms: Delaware
Language(s): English | Cherokee | Delaware | Onondaga
Date: 1783-1817
Extent: 107 pages
Description: These letters authored by Benjamin Barton Smith to various correspondents discuss Indian vocabulary words for birds, earthquakes, and animals of their domestic economy. Smith solicits information about Indian beliefs about health, nursing, menstration, animal sacrifice, Indian Bible, origins of Indian tribes, white race, Orthography and spelling, chief's political power, and comparative linguistic analysis between Indian and Asiatic languages.
Collection: Violetta Delafield-Benjamin Smith Barton Collection (Mss.B.B284d)

Haudenosaunee | Onondaga | Seneca
Alternate forms: Iroquois
Language(s): English
Date: 1796-1798
Extent: 2 items
Description: Two letters to John G. E. Heckewelder. The first inquires whether Heckewelder knows of the sacrifice of a large tortoise or other animal by the Onondaga. The other is regarding an Onondaga vocabulary and an Indian Bible which Heckewelder is to send. [Both from originals in the Gilbert Collection, College of Physicians, Philadelphia.]
Collection: Violetta Delafield-Benjamin Smith Barton Collection (Mss.B.B284d)