“Portrait of Akaitcho and His Son” [drawn by Robert Hood]

On landing at the fort, the chief assumed a very grave aspect, and walked...with a measured and dignified step, looking neither to the right nor to the left, at the persons who had assembled at the beach to witness his debarkation, but preserving the same immoveability of countenance until he reached the hall, and was introduced to the officers. When he had smoked his pipe, drank a small portion of spirits and water himself, and issued a glass to each of his companions, who had seated themselves on the floor, he commenced his harangue, by mentioning the circumstances that led to his agreeing to accompany the expedition, an engagement which he was quite prepared to fulfill. He was rejoiced, he said, to see such great chiefs on his lands, his tribe were poor, but they loved white men who had been their benefactors; and he hoped that our visit would be productive of much good to them. [Franklin, in his Narrative, p. 202.]