Letter sent from Prince Albert by Robert Hanley Hall of the Hudson’s Bay Company to Professor Edward Burnett Tylor in Oxford, dated 28 August 1902.
Transcript of letter (1 page): ‘Dear Sir:-/ I have at length received reply to my enquiries, and the interpretarion [sic] given by a Hydah Chief is as follows:-/ Lowest Figure, Doctor of Raven Tribe,/ 2, Raven: The owner’s Crest,/ 3, Bear: His Wife’s Crest/ 4, Little Bears: His Children’s Crest,/ 5, Doctor Again,/ 6, Little Bear,/ 7, Doctor Again,/ 8, Whale. This represents that the family were connected with members of the Finback Whale Crest./ 9, Three Heads etc. There are three heads, namely; figure Nos. 1, 5, 7 on the pole and then these three are again represented on the top. [T]his signifies that there were three very great chiefs or doctors as the early founders of this man’s family./ I hope this information may be of some value to you. I[t] is all I have been able to obtain./ Yours faithfully,/ [signed:] R. H. Hall.’ (Transcription by Philip Grover.)