The Winning of the West, Volume 6

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Putnam, 1896
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Page 66 - When the Territorial Legislature met in 1794 it petitioned Congress for war against the Creeks and Cherokees, reciting the numerous outrages committed by them upon the whites ; stating that since 1792 the frontiersmen had been huddled together two or three hundred to the station, anxiously expecting peace, or a legally authorized war from which they would soon wring peace ; and adding that they were afraid of war in no shape, but that they asked that their hands be unbound and they be allowed to...
Page 136 - Sargent as a Northern man, but, in common with the men of Ohio, they objected to governors who were Eastern men and out of touch with the West. At the end of the eighteenth century, and during the early years of the nineteenth, the...
Page 159 - Breakfast over, my function was to provide the "sauce" for dinner; in winter, to open the potato or turnip hole, and wash what I took out; in spring, to go into the fields and collect the greens; in summer and autumn, to explore the "truck-patch," or our little garden; and from among the weeds dig or pull whatever might be in season.
Page 93 - ... engage in an offensive War against their peaceful neighbors. Should these inconsiderate Persons actually carry their scheme so far into execution as to make an attempt to conquer West Florida, which is certainly all they can do, they will unquestionably involve the United States, in a general War, and lay themselves liable to heavy Pains and penalties, both pecuniary and corporal, in case they ever return to their injured Country.
Page 239 - Lewis and but they were singularly close and accurate observers and truthful narrators. Very rarely have any similar explorers described so faithfully not only the physical features but the animals and plants of a newly discovered land. Their narrative was not published until some years later, and then it was badly edited, notable the purely scientific portion ; yet it remains the best example of what such a narrative should be.
Page 93 - Some of the Cumberland people, becoming excited by the news of Clark's preparation, prepared to join him, or to undertake a separate filibustering attack on their own account. Blount immediately wrote to Robertson directing him to explain to these "inconsiderate persons " that all they could possibly do was to attempt the conquest of West Florida, and that they would "lay themselves liable to heavy Pains and Penalties, both pecuniary and corporal in case they ever returned to their injured country."...
Page 159 - ... lug pole;" with myself setting the table, or turning the meat, or watching the Johnnycake, while she sat nursing the baby in the corner, and telling the little ones to hold still and let their sister...
Page 159 - ... arrive, then a tavern would be built, and possibly a blacksmith shop, a saw-mill, and a grist-mill, and Piketown or Wilson's Grove would be established. Many such ventures failed; but others succeeded, and are to-day prosperous villages. It was in such far-away settlements that frontier life apopen the potato or turnip hole, and wash what I took out ; in spring, to go into the field and collect the greens ; in summer and fall, to explore the truck patch, or our little garden.
Page 182 - ... been for Seward, and the political leaders who thought as he did, Alaska might never have been acquired at all; but the Americans would have won Louisiana in any event, even if the treaty of Livingston and Monroe had not been signed. The real history of the acquisition must tell of the great westward movement begun in 1769, and not merely of the feeble diplomacy of Jefferson's administration. In 1802 American settlers were already clustered here and there on the eastern fringe of the vast region...

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