n.1.Office or condition of a sachem.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Ordinarily, the sachemship was passed down through the male line in "royal" families, but a woman could inherit the position if there was no mate heir.
This sum arises partly from his pay's running up while he remained among the Indians; partly from what he received as a consideration for the difference between his full appointment and the half-pay, to which he is now restricted; and partly from the profits of a little traffic he drove in peltry, during his sachemship among the Miamis.