Zebulon Pike Quotes

He was a man, he always performed his promises.

Zebulon Pike

American agents… are the only persons authorized to hold councils of a political nature.

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A young man who is here speaks the Panis language, and in many other respects, is preferable.

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Give immediate instruction to all your posts in said territory, under your direction, at no time and on no pretence to hoist, or suffer be hoisted, the English flag.

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The preparations for my new voyage prevented the possiblity of my paying that attention to the correction of my errors, that I should otherwise have done.

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A discontented young fellow, filled with self pride; he certainly should have considered it an honor to be sent on so respectable an embassy as he was.

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You have already disarmed my men without my knowledge, are their arms to be returned or not?

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The toute ensemble was such as to make polished society blush, when compared with these savages.

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Strict justice would demand total confiscation of your property, personal imprisonment and fines.

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On no further occasion present a flag or medal to an Indian.

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If we go to Chihuahua we must be considered as prisoners of war?

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I was informed… that some… were dreaming and wished to return.

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The village had a mill near it, situated on the little creek, which made very good flour. The population consisted of civilized Indians, but much mixed blood.

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The Pawnee chief had left the village the day after the doctor arrived, with 50 or 60 horses and many people, and had taken his course to the north of our route.

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Owing to the difficulty of obtaining horses, Mr. Henry returns from this place. In descending the Mississippi I will request him to pay his respects to you.

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In my proper character, I am an officer of the United States Army.

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If success attends my steps, honor and glory await my name-if defeat, still shall it be said we died like brave men, and conferred honor, even in death, on the American Name.

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I cannot consent to be led three or four hundred leagues out of my route, without its being by force of arms.

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Among various demands and charges I gave them, was, that the said flag should be delivered to me, and one of the United States’ flags be received and hoisted in its place.

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Why cannot we correct the baneful passions, without weakening the good?

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Smoke the pipe of peace, bury the tomahawk, and become one nation.

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Few Indians only had breech cloths, most being wrapped in buffalo robes, otherwise quite naked.

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There had so lately been a large force of Spanish cavalry at the village, which had made a great impression on the minds of the young men, as to their power, consequence, which my appearance with 20 infantry was by no means calculated to remove.

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Your former Fathers the Spaniards have now no further Authority over you.

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