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Correspondence from Charles E. Banks to Fannie Hardy Eckstorm ca. 1915-1930, Part 2 (ms158_b1f005_002.04.pdf)

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�has the clues to work on. I have little doubt that the archives of France, Spain (and Portugal?) have some references to Norumbega began in the early 16th century. If it was a product of a of a particular national exploit it will be necessary to determine who was the architect of the house that Jack built. I think it can be fixed, presumably on France - else what significance is to be attracted to Champlain's searches? Suggest some type of search.

As to paved streets - whether Boston had any in 1690 I do not know. It could be ascertained probably. Even so, what of it? A big mess would be likely to put down cobble stones on main streets. Pemaquid was not a big town of 5000 people - as far as my information goes. The point is what did Pemaquid have?

Perhaps you will give me the reference to the "red paint" buried on Cape Cod - as per Winslow.

I have not met Mrs Cabot though I have heard of her work. Do not know how it is regarded as I have never seen any of it.

I am a "scoff-law" on the past and present breed of "Injun" language sharks. I cannot get a sensible definition of Agamenticus - that applies to it topographically. The best I can get out of Ganong is "opn the other side (of) little river"!! Which side? What is the "other side"? Did Indians thus describe localities to their fellows to tell them how to reach Agamenticus? If so I do not wonder they were nomadic. I can work out a definition that answers perfectly the physical characteristics of the Agamenticus River, for then word applied to the river. It isn't any old river, It is a peculear river - none like it in the terrain in which it runs. It is a tidal river that has tidal phenomena for seven miles from the mouth.

Description: Letters pertaining to Indian place names in Maine, Indian languages, and other matters relating to Wabanaki cultures and history.

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Date: ca. 1915-1930

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