These letters of Robert Kennicott (1835-1866) include two excellent letters to Roderick Ross MacFarlane of Winnipeg, in which Kennicott states his views on everything
from the status of arctic zoology to the progress of the Civil War.
(a)-Vocabulary of Indians on south shore of Slave Lake, 6 pages. Foolscap, accompanied by photostat copy. (b)-A copy of the above vocabulary, also accompanied by photostat copy. The copy is by George Gibbs and is marked "corrected by him to standard."
Also includes copies or revisions of the above vocabularies, apparently in same handwriting, same size. Also accompanied by photostat copy. Copy of Tsattine and Sekani on separate sheets accompanied by photostat copy.
Recorded by R. Kennicott from Ute chiefs U're (The Arrow) and Kwinchi (The Left Hand), through Lafayette Head, U. S. Indian Agent of Conejos, Colorado, who acted as interpreter. Three copies: 781-a (old numbers 781; 423), Kennicott's letter of transmittal, 3 pages, and vocabulary, in same hand, 10 leaves; 781-b (old Numbers 771, 346), in Kennicott's hand--his first draft?, 7 pages; 781-c (old Number 764), copy in George Gibb's hand, 5 pages.
There is a set of miscellaneous notes based on each of the Indian vocabularies; also a photostatic copy of the manuscript. The vocabularies appear to be derived from material in National Anthropological Archives manuscripts 144 (Ross); 132 (Kennicott, Chipewyan); 120 (Kennicott, Slave); 141 (Kennicott, Hare); and 221 (Pettitot, Hare). Differences between forms in this manuscript and those in the originals suggests that some analysis was carried out by Roehrig.
NAA MS 206
Chipewyan according to B.R. Ross (Caribou Eaters, or Etheneldeli, and Yellowknife); Chipewyan on the south shore of Slave Lake according to R. Kennicott; Slave Indians of Liard River near Fort Liard according to Kennicott; Hare Indians of Fort Good Hope, Mackenzie River, according to Kennicott; and Hare Indians of Great Bear Lake according to Father E. Petitot.