Or Memoirs of Elkanah Watson, Including Journals of Travels in Europe and America, from 1777 to 1842. Binding very worn and chipped on backstrip. Library stickers on backstrip and front. Pages browning. Library stamp on title page. Pencil markings inside. Text clean. Edgeworn pages. Generally poor. This book has hardback covers. Ex-library, With usual stamps and markings, In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. No dust jacket.
or Memoirs of Elkanah Watson, including his journals of travels in Europe and America, from the year 1777 to 1842, and his correspondence with public men, and reminiscences and incidents of the American Revolution, edited by his son. 8vo, pp. 460 + adv. Brown cloth stamped in blind, a very nice tight copy. Howes W-167. Elkanah Watson (1785-1842) was a man of many talents. In 1777, he was sent to Charleston and other southern ports by Boston merchant John Brown with 50, 000 to invest in merchandise. His journal, here reprinted is the best extant account of the principal towns and villages of the colonies at the time of the Revolution[Appleton's]. In 1779, he was sent to Paris with dispatches for Benjamin Franklin and travelled throughout Europe, returning with books for George Washington, he spent two days with his host at Mt. Vernon where they talked agriculture. Returning North, he settled in Albany, NY where he took part in a number of public enterprises, eventually forming an agricultural society and organizing the first American agricultural fair (in Pittsfield, MA).
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