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EARLY SETTLEMENT OF SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN

BY A. B. COPLEY.
June 7, 1882.

On March 12, 1821, there were 39 Indian scholars. In June of the same year, in company of those scholars and Abraham Burnett (a young half breed, a pupil and a son of the trader at St. Joseph), as interpreter, on the 10th of the month he held a council with the head chiefs of the Pottawattomies in the St. Joseph valley, and explained the advantages of education, knowledge of agriculture and mechanical trades as well as he could, with his boy interpreter, and the result was a wish that he would establish a station among them for the purpose described. In the meantime the treaty was held at Chicago the same year, and Mr. McCoy not being able to attend, sent a teacher, also communicated with Col. Trimble, a senator from Ohio, on his way to Chicago and gave him a written statement of the condition of affairs and received his promise of support. To be brief, through McCoy's agency the mission project was settled; notwithstanding it was necessary to make several more journeys. Oct. 9th, 1822, he set out from Fort Wayne with four men, some of his oldest Indian scholars—22 persons in all—with two ox wagons, one four-horse wagon and four milch cows, arriving on the 19th, the distance being less than 100 miles; work was commenced at once, and by Nov. llth six houses—four for dwellings, one for school and one for blacksmith shop—were in such a state of completion that he returned for his family at Ft. Wayne, leaving for the mission Dec. 9th, where he arrived on the 19th after a tedious journey in ¦early winter through snow, mud, and ice, bringing with him his wife, five children, six workmen, eighteen pupils and Indians, thirty-two persons in all, three wagons drawn by two yoke of oxen each, one four-horse wagon, five cows and 50 fat hogs.

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