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constancy in supporting torture-their tacitur: nity, reserve and deliberation The character of their eloquence and private conversation. Their treatment of their children.Their military habitsBoth prefer stralagem to force Their mode of forming and preserving frienulship. -With both war is a season of rest nnd pleasure Their contempt of cowardice, and their penalties against itTheir equalityTheir disin. terestednessTheir refusal to portion theirdaughtersTheir respect for the laws and ancient mannersTheir custom of destroying their deformed children. The general portrait will serve for the Virginia Indian. This enquiry drawn from authentic sources. Plan of Indian civilization adopted by United States. Its success. Complexion of Virginia Indian. The powers and qualities of his mindhis arithmetic-. Few abstract ideas-Why? Their admi. rable address in managing treatiesTheir eloquenceTheir little knowledge of the useful arts. No written laws. Their absolute freedom.-Their appearance when preparing for battle.-Their war songs.--Their punishments.--Their mode of distinguishing the year--By months --by seasons--by hours.--Their notions of religion.--The great spirit or master breath.-Their idea of a future stale. Their festivals. Their domestic relations. Their notions of mar. riage.--Influence of the women. Order and le. portment of an Indian assembly. Who were the ancestors of this people--Various opinions on this head.

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HISTORY

VIRGINIA presented to the first settlers an

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I. appearance calculated to impress them with feel. ings of grandeur and sublimity. Immense fo- Impresrests, which appeared to have continued urdis. sions excitturbed from the creation: The silence, which ed among reigned through those regions, and which is in. first settlers terrupted only by the rustling of the leaves, by by the apthe eik or buffaloe; or the waving of the branches the Chesaby the wind ; unless when the death like stillness peake. is broken by the soul chilling tones of the war whoop and the harsh discords of the war song; the cautious and silent step of the Indian moving like a ghost present ideas of sublime and solitary grandeur.

No traces of cultivation appeared : Tie glebe had never been turned up. The earth in its se, parate strata remained as it had been assorted according to its specific gravities from the beginning of the world.

The Bay of Chesapeake was particularly cal, culated to keep alive those impressions. Forests as far as the eye could see, covered the face of the country and descended to the very edge of the water. Several great rivers, whose distance from their sources was manifested by the depth and breadth of their channels, discharged their vast tributes into it in their siglit; while tribes of In. dians made signs to them from the shore or sailed round them in canoes.

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CHAP. The dress, arms* and complexion of the natives,
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became new sources of wonder. Their skin was

of a copper colour, and the character of their
Bythe dress face was fierce and barbarous: But their long
color and
arms of the black hair and the admirable proportion of their
natives. bodies were proofs of a radical difference between

them and the inhabitants of Africa. They ap-
peared to be a new species equally removed from
the men of Europe, Asia and Africa.

The climates too as well as the complexion
By the pe- were different from those of countries lying in pil-
culiarity of rallel latitudes. The air was much colder than in
Climate.

the ancient continent, This remark will apply to
every part of the new world.t Heat alone is in-
suficient to determine the distance of any place
in America from the equator although it is a to-
lerably safe and correct measure of latitude in

The other quarters of the globe. The elevation,
Rellections humidity and extent of the American continents;
suggested the vast extent of the ocean, which washes its
liy the vario coasts; the great height of its mountains and the
ation of ch.- direction of its predominant winds, must be taken
male in
Aincrica.

into calculation. There are doubtless other cir.
cumstances : But those, which have been enu-

A cloak of buffaloe or beaver skin, bound with a leaihern girule, and stockings made of roe buck skins, was the whole of their dress before their intercourse with us; what they have added since gives great offence to their old meli, who al't ever lamenting the degeneracy of their manlitis.

Raypal's History of America, mage

+ The au:hor of Recherches Philosophiques sur les Ame. iicains supposes the difference in heat to be equal to 12 degrees, and that a place 30 degrees from the equator in the che commen! is as warm as one distant only 18 from it in

Dr Mitchell alier observations carried on during 30 years, contends that the difference is equal to 14 or 15 degrees of lalitude.

Rob, Am, Note 37.

the new.

merated have a manifest and decided influ. CHAP.

1. ence. So many circumstances, which do not exist

How ac. elsewhere combine with heat in forming the cli- counted for. mates of this region that the old standard must be laid aside or corrected. The near approach of America to the pole; its immense extent; the superior height of its mountains covered with everlasting snow; its vast lakes and rivers; its almost continued forest; but above all the north west wind, which blowing from the north pole and passing over a hard frozen and elevated ground from which no caloric can escape to warm it, descends with all its rigour and severity on the regions of North America. These circumstances produce the striking difference between the climates of the old and new world.

The same observations will apply to South America. There the east wind cooled in its

pas. sage across the Atlantic and passing to the west over immense swamps and forests which exclude the heat and often the light of the sun, mi. tigates the burning rigour of the torrid zone. *

• This coldness of the climate which is felt all over North America appears to proceed principally and chiefly from the three folloving causes, besides others that conspire with them, particularly the nature of the soil.

1. America extends further north than any other part of the world and by that means is so much colder. Europe is surrounded by the warmer ocean which is always open, Asia by an icy sea (the Mare Glaciale) and America by a frozen continent which occasions the diversity of the climate in these three continents

II. That continent which is thus extensive in the northern parts, is one entire group of bigh mountains covered with snow or ratber with ice throughout the whole year. These mountains rise in the most northern parts of the continent that have been discovered in Baffin's Bay and spread all

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Our sürprize at this variance between the cliz mates of the old and new world will be lessened, when it is known by actual observation and experiinent that the climate of Virginia has percep

over it to New England. Hence the coast of Labrador is the highest in the world and can be discerned at the distance of forty leagues ; and in the western parts discovered by the Russians they tell us “ the country had terrible high mountains covered with snow in the month of July.” This was in latitude 58 degrees, and the country southward to that 40 degrees, is hy the Spaniards called Sierras Nevedos, Snowy Mountain ; so a ridge of mountains rise at Cape Tourinente by Quebec and running four or five hundred leagues, forming the greatest ridge of mountains in the unis verse which spread over all the northern parts of the continent. These are what we call the Northern Snowy Mountains.

III. All the countries that lie within the verge of these mountains or north of New England are continually involved in frosts, shows or thick fogs, and the colds that are felt in the south proceed from these frozen regions in the north by violent north west winds. These are the peculiar winds of that country and blow with a violence which no wind exceeds. It appears from many observations that they blow quite across the Atlantic ocean 10 Europe. The great lakes of Canada; which are inland seas extending north west for twelve or thirteen hundred miles, gives force and direction to these winds which blow from the frozen regions, and bring the climate of Hudson's Bay to the most southern parts of the continent when they blow for any considerable tinie.

Many imagine that these colds proceed from the snow lying in the woods, but that is the effect not the cause of the cold. They who attribute this to the woods do not distinguish between wet and cold, or the damps of wood-land frosis, which are very different things. These coles are so far from proceeding from the woods that one half of that continent which is the coldest and from which they proceed, has not a woorl in it, and is so barren that it does not bare a tree or a bush. It is from this want of woods in the northern parts and the lakes that these furious winds proceed which are very much abated hy the woods. In the woods these cold winds may be endured, bút in the open field they are iusufferable either to man or beast, and that

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