But for the curious name which is repeated throughout the fragments – “Madillah”, the letters might have been discarded, however, the amateur anthropologist and early Indian enthusiast William Robson Fitzpatrick wondered that it might be a reference to an unknown Musqueum mythic figure or some personage from one of the tribal secret societies. His journals mention no success in discovering any such figure and the letters were subsequently lost for many years amongst the papers and artifacts of his collection, which upon his death were bequeathed to the Vancouver Historical Society. It was not until 1985 that the fragmented letters were fully examined and catalogued and even then there was little significance attached to them. The curious name of Madillah was noted, but no attempt was made to further investigate the origins of the mysterious figure.

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