OF THE IN H A B IT ANTS.
The first white inhabitants of the Illinois came from Canada. Some brought wives and families with them, others married Indian women in those countries; there is Rill a continual intercourse between them and the Canadians. The men of these countries are very superstitious and. ignorant; they are in general active and well made; they are as good hunters, can bear as much fatigue, and are as well acquainted with the woods, as the Indians; most of them have Some knowledge of the dialects of the neighbouring Indians and much attest their manners. The price of labour in general is very- high, as most of the young men rather choose to hunt, and trade amongst the Indians, than apply to agriculture or become handicrafts. At the Illinois a man may be boarded and lodged the year round on condition of his working two months, one month in ploughing the land and Sowing the corn, and one month in the harvest. The only trades they have amongst them are carpenters, smiths, masons, tailors and millwrights. The number of white inhabitants in this country, exclusve of the troops, are about two thousand, of all ages and sexes; in this number are included those who live at Fort St. Vincent's, on the Ouabache. Thirty French soldiers were withdrawn from thence in the latter end of the year 1764. The inhabitants at this post live much at their ease, having every thing necessary for their subsistence of their own production. Their commerce is the Came as that of the other inhabitants of this country.