Transactions of the Historical & Literary Committee of the American Philosophical Society

CONTENTS.--vol. I. List of the officers and members of the historical committee. Constitution of the historical committee. Literary notice. Report of the committee to the [American] Philosophical Society. [Duponceau, P.S.] Corresponding secretary's report to the committee, on the languages of the American Indians. List of ms. donations to the committee, concerning the Indians and their languages. Heckewelder, J.G.E. An account of the history, manners, and customs, of the Indian nations, who once inhabited Pennsylvania and the neighbouring states. A correspondence between the Rev. John Heckewelder ... and Peter S. Duponceau ... respecting the languages of the American Indians. Heckewelder, J.G.E., comp. Words, phrases, and short dialogues, in the language of the Lenni Lenape, of Delaware Indians. 1819.--vol. II. Duponceau, P.S.A. dissertation on the nature and character of the Chinese system of writing ... to which are subjoined, A vocabulary of the Cochinchinese language, by Father Joseph Morrone ... and A. Cochinchinese and Latin dictionary ... 1838.

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Página xxi - ... American languages in general are rich in words and in grammatical forms, and that in their complicated construction, the greatest order, method, and regularity prevail. 2. That these complicated forms, which I call poly synthetic, appear to exist in all those languages, from Greenland to Cape Horn.
Página 22 - Many wonderful things are told of this famous people. They are said to have been remarkably tall and stout; and there is a tradition that there were giants among them, people of a much larger size than the tallest of the Lenape. It is related that they had built to themselves regular fortifications or intrenchments, from whence they would sally out, but were generally repulsed.
Página 116 - Father, I hope you will not destroy what I have saved. You, father, have the means of preserving that which with me would perish for want. The warrior is poor, and his cabin is always empty; but your house, father, is always full.
Página 239 - You know, bear, that our tribes are at war with each other, and that yours was the aggressor. You have found the Indians too powerful for you, and you have gone sneaking about in the woods, stealing their hogs ; perhaps at this time you have hog's flesh in your belly. Had you conquered me, I would have borne it with courage and died like a brave warrior. But you, bear, sit here and cry, and disgrace your tribe by your cowardly conduct.
Página 320 - I swear to your Majesties, that there is not a better people in the world than these ; more affectionate, affable, or mild. They love their neighbors as themselves and they always speak smilingly.
Página 304 - I saw the birds of the air and the fishes in the water working diligently and cheerfully, and all this without hands! I thought it was strange, and became lost in...
Página 77 - Every thing was given in common to the sons of men. Whatever liveth on the land, whatsoever groweth out of the earth, and all that is in the rivers and waters flowing through the same, was given jointly to all, and every one is entitled to his share.
Página 21 - After a very long journey, and many nights' encampments1 by the way, they at length arrived on the Namae si Sipu,' where they fell in with the Mengwe, who had likewise emigrated from a distant country, and had struck upon this river somewhat higher up. Their object was the same with that of the Delawares; they were proceeding on to the eastward, until they should find a country that pleased them. The spies which the Lenape had sent forward for the purpose of...

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