By Washington Irving
In 1832, Washington Irving, lately back from seventeen years’ place of abode in another country and wanting to discover his personal nation, launched into an day trip to the rustic west of Arkansas put aside for the Indians. A travel at the Prairies is his soaking up account of that trip, which prolonged from citadel Gibson to the pass Timbers in what's now Oklahoma. First released in 1835, it has remained a perennial favourite, preserving its unique freshness, energy, and vividness to this present day.
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Here Irving saw many remnants of the early West, as he met Pierre Chouteau, who Page xv as a child had been present at the founding of St. Louis in 1764; saw the home on top of an Indian mound that General William Ashley had built with his fur trade profits; and drove out to visit General William Clark in his home stuffed with Indian artifacts. Then, on the following day Irving and his companions went to see the recently captured Indian, Black Hawk, and his followers, all of whom were being held in chains at the military post at Jefferson Barracks.
Page xxxii markable picture of life in far western America. Few of his fellows of the brush could attain his effects. It is no wonder that he still charms us. Very early in the narrative we are vividly aware that he saw life with a painter's eye. Eager to begin his tour, Irving rode over from Fort Gibson to Chouteau's post on the Verdigris, from which they were to set out. " A motley crew they were, dressed in "frock-coats made of green blankets . . " His quick eye moved on to a group of Osages, stately fellows, stern and simple in garb and aspect.
But they have welcomed me home with their old indulgence; they have shown that, notwithstanding my long absence, and the doubts and suggestions to which it had given rise, they still believe and trust in me. And now, let them feel assured, that I am heart and soul among them. I make no boast of my patriotism; I can only say, that, as far as it goes, it is no blind attachment. I have sojourned in various countries; have been treated in them above my deserts; and the remembrance of them is grateful and pleasant to me.
A Tour on the Prairies (Western Frontier Library) by Washington Irving