A regular council was held with the Indians, who had come in on their ponies, and speeches were made on both sides through an interpreter, quite in the described mode,—the Indians, as usual, having the advantage in point of truth and earnestness, and therefore of eloquence. The most prominent chief was named Little Crow. They were quite dissatisfied with the white man's treatment of them, and probably have reason to be so.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, June 26, 1861, to Franklin B. Sanborn, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, pp. 390-391, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
Part of an account of Thoreau's trip to Minnesota.