Mitchell, D. T, August 6, 1883.
I have been so busy, professionally, that I have neglected an early reply to your two last letters.I think the Winnebagos and Chippewas have no knowledge of their origin. They have a tradition, but it is so merged with superstition that it is wholly improbable. They are all F. F. Vs., and spring from a great and powerful stock. In one thing they agree, that their early home was on the great lakes far to the East, or as they express it "from the rising sun." In a recent conversation with an old trader at Fort Hale, he says the Dacotas have some notion that they came from "the rising sun." I am inclined to the belief that the eastern portion of our continent was first settled, and like the whites they have been pushed west either by stronger or more