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THE LIFE OF HON. RIX ROBBINSON A PIONEER OF WESTERN MICHIGAN

BY GEORGE H. WHITE

Acting on this he made an offer to Mr. Robinson to go and stay through the season of 1818 and 1810. for a given sum. and as his own capital was insufficient, Mr. Robinson gladly accepted it.
He was fitted out and the stock and himself transported to the given point, by the employe's of the company, and then he was left to remain there without any companion until the employe's should come, in the following June, to take him and the results of his winter's trading to the grand rendezvous of the American fur company, at Mackinac. The same course was pursued towards him that had been towards his predecessors. His post was indeed a dreary one; no Indians visited it, although passing often in sight of it on their way to Hudson Bay company posts. As the winter advanced their hostility towards him increased. It was evident to his mind that he and they would ere long be in collision, and he could hope for no aid from the equally hostile posts of the Hudson Bay company. It was becoming very monotonous to him; his only occupations were to hunt, -for he was a remarkably fine marksman, and successful hunter, and passionately fond of the sport until but a short time before his death; to study the Indians as they passed by, noticing the least act and inferring its cause; and to read in his favorite Shakespeare and the very few other books he had.
Towards the close of winter he received unexpectedly a white guest; my recollection is that he stated that he was an army officer, who came on some mission among the Indians and there heard of and visited him. He was indeed gladly welcomed, for his presence broke the monotony that was becoming almost insupportable.

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