"Swa-go. Pottawattamie Indian" (title from verso of last page) AMs, handwritten, 3 p. (written on paper with embossed seal reading "Croton")
Swago was viewed as a comic figure whenever he came to Ewing and Walker's trading post in Logansport, where he often tried to obtain whiskey, although he rarely had any money. He acted as attendant and follower to the great orator Nas-waw-kay, although the latter rarely drank and the former was rarely sober. Swago was celebrated as a swift runner and was said to have run down a deer as a younger man. The illustration meant to accompany this essay illustrates Swago after he has purchased whiskey in town and is on his way back to camp. He is resting in a drunken state by an old tree stump and corks the partially drained bottle with his finger. G.W. sketched Swago in 1837 near a temporary camp of Nas-waw-kay and his followers at the confluence of the Wabash and Eel rivers, next to Barron's cabin. Note: this MS contains several Potawatami words, with translations.
Winter, George, 1810-1876;
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