Captive Chieftain Black Hawk

Head and Face of the Celebrated Indian Chief Black Hawk

The Two Views of the Head and Face of the celebrated Indian Chief Black Hawk, are introduced, as a memento, of the positions, assumed by Phrenologists: A reference to the following phrenological head will show, under the particular numbers surrounding the head, the faculties indicated, by the head of Black Hawk; and on reference, to his history, the mental qualities of that Chieftain, will be found to sustain the phrenological character, as declared from an examination of His head.

We here quote a part of Black Hawk's Speech, at "Prairie Du Chien" after he was taken prisoner. In this we have a summary of his character, and very striking traits of an Indian Chief and Conquered Warrior.

YOU have taken mc a prisoner, with all my warriors. When I saw, that I could not beat you, by Indian fighting, I determined to rush on you, and fight you face to face. I fought hard but your guns were well aimed; the bullets flew like birds in the air, and whizzed by our ears, like the wind through the trees in the winter. My warriors fell around me; it began to look dismal. I saw my evil day at hand. The sun rose dim on us in the morning, and at night it sunk in a dark cloud, and looked like a ball of fire. That was the LAST SUN, that 'shone on BLACK HAWK. His heart is dead, and no longer beats quick in his bosom. He is now a prisoner to the white men; they will do with him as they wish; but he can stand TORTURE, and is not afraid of DEATH! He is no coward. Black Hawk is an INDIAN.

He has done nothing, for which an Indian ought to be ashamed. He has fought for his countrymen, the squaws, and papooses, 'against white men, who came year after year, to cheat them, and take away their lands. He is satisfied; he will go to the land of spirits contented; he has done his duty; his father will meet him there, and commend him.

Black Hawk is a true Indian, and disdains to cry, like a woman. He feels for his wife, his children, and his friends; But he does not care for himself. Farewell, my Nation! Black Hawk tried to save you, and avenge your wrongs. He drank the blood of some of the whites. He has been taken prisoner, and his plans are stopped; he can do no more: He is near end; his sun is setting, and will rise no more! FAREWELL TO BLACK HAWK.!


As a decided indication of self-esteem, and veneration, displayed by Black Hawk, we have quoted the laconic address, he made to General Jackson, the late President of the United States, at Washington, in 1833.

Phrenology in Europe

We enquire now, what is the opinion, and decision, of distinguished men in Great Britain, in regard to Phrenology? 'The following is the language of the Rev. Dr. Welsh, Professor of Church History, in the University of Edinburgh, a man, among the first of his profession, and as we have been told, by one, personally known to the circumstances of his reputation, was popular, as a scientific Lecturer, in this department.

I have found the greatest benefit from this science, as a minister of the gospel. I have been led to study the evidence of Christianity anew, in connection with phrenology, and I feel my confidence in the truth of our holy religion increased, by this new examination. I have examined the doctrines of our church also, one by one, and have found the most wonderful harmony, subsisting between them. And, in dealing with my people, in the ordinary duties of my calling, the practical benefit I have derived from the science of phrenology, is inestimable.


History of Philadelphia

Source: A History of Philadelphia: With a Notice of Villages, in the Vicinity, Printed and published by Daniel Bowen, 1839

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