Potter's American Monthly Volume 3

Potter's American Monthly Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...armed; Capt. Biddle and Dr. Hoffman in the first, myself in the second, and Lieutenant Voorhees in the last, set off for the river for the purpose of taking possession of the country that bounds it, in the name of our country." He describes the failure of an attempt to land at Cape Disappointment from a heavy sea and the presence of reefs, the passage into the channel of the river, the sounding of the reefs and the landing. "And with the usual forms," he says, "took possession of the country in the name and on the behalf of the United States of America. The ship about this time fired a national salute. We nailed up a piece of lead to a tree, on which was inscribed an account of what we had done, gave three cheers and drank success to the new establishment." Then follows a description of the Chinook Indians that were seen on the land: "From Chinnook village, we stood across the river for the establishment founded here by Mr. Astor, of New York, and now in the possession of the English N. W. Company. As we approached it I had the mortification to see the British flag run up, and to know that Captain Biddle was not authorized by his instructions to haul it down and place in its stead the American standard." "The establishment consists of one large two-story, and four or five small dwelling-houses, two or three stone and other outhouses, round the whole of which there is a strong and high picket. There is at this time but three guns mounted, although they have five or six more without carriages. Twenty-five whites, and the same number of Sandwich Islanders, constitute the present force of the settlement. The place is commanded by James Keith, a Scotchman. On our way back we landed at Port George and took formal...show more

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  • Paperback | 370 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 658g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236597281
  • 9781236597281