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In a report to William A. Richmond, Acting Superintendent [of] Indian Affairs at Detroit, Michigan, Rev. George N. Smith said that his family had gone to Vermont last summer for their health's sake. The death of the chief, Joseph Wakazoo, had been a blow. "... He should be regarded as a benefactor of his race." Peter Wakazoo, his brother, now served as acting chief. White men who give liquor to the Indians are a "curse." The Catholic priest who visited was an intrusion.
Old Wing Mission, Holland, Michigan
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Smith, George N., "Report from George N. Smith to William A. Richard" (1846). Van Raalte Papers: 1840-1849. 82.