Travels in America Performed in 1806: For the Purpose of Exploring the Rivers, Alleghany, Monongahela, Ohio, and Mississippi, and Ascertaining the Produce and Condition of Their Banks and Vicinity, Volume 2
Printed Newburyport [Mass.] Re-printed for W. Sawyer & Company by E. M. Blunt, 1803 - Allegheny River (Pa. and N.Y.) - 366 pages
Although agreement is general that Ashe usually stretched the truth in the direction of the vicious and spiteful, authorities also laud his account as being highly readable and interesting. His chief interest was in archaeological remains, but he takes to task the men of America, including references to some Missourians as having "stupid insensibility." He did think the women of America far superior to any he had encountered in Europe. He found the climate in New Orleans so disagreeable that he states that "an average of nine strangers die out of ten shortly after their arrival." Ashe liked the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys, and his description of them is generally credible.
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Page 140 - There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any living creature. This called on me for revenge. I have sought it; I have killed many; I have fully glutted my vengeance: for my country I rejoice at the beams of peace.
Page 140 - I appeal to any white man to say, if ever he entered Logan's cabin hungry, and he gave him not meat; if ever he came cold and naked, and he clothed him not. During the course of the last long and bloody war, Logan remained idle in his cabin, an advocate for peace. Such was my love for the Whites, that my countrymen pointed as they passed, and said, ' Logan is the friend of white men.
Page 164 - The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other.
Page 24 - ... river sides), and by a tradition, said to be handed down from the aboriginal Indians, that, when they settled in a town, the first person who died was placed erect, and earth put about him, so as to cover and support him; that when another died, a narrow passage was dug to the first, the second reclined against him, and the cover of earth replaced, and so on.
Page 140 - ... attack from the whites. Cresap and his party concealed themselves on the bank of the river, and the moment the canoe reached the shore, singled out their objects, and at one fire, killed every person in it. This happened to be the family of Logan, who had long been distinguished as a friend of the whites.
Page 139 - In the spring of 1774, a robbery and murder were committed on an inhabitant of the frontiers of Virginia, by two Indians of the Shawanee tribe. The neighbouring whites, according to their custom, undertook to punish this outrage in a summary manner. Colonel Cresap, a man...
Page 49 - beyond all competition, the most beautiful river in the universe, whether we consider it for its meandering course through an immense region of forests, for its clean and elegant banks, which afford innumerable delightful situations for cities, villages and improved farms: or for those many other advantages, which truly entitle it to the name originally given it by the French, of La Belle Riviere.
Page 8 - The heavenly vault appeared to be all on fire, not exhibiting the stream of character of the aurora borealis, but an immensity vivid and clear, through which the stars detached from the firmament traversed in eccentric directions, followed by trains of light of diversified magnitude and brightness. Many meteors rose majestically out of the horizon, and having gradually attained an elevation of thirty degrees, suddenly burst and descended to the earth in a shower of brilliant sparks or glittering...
Page 305 - Coupee, a populous and rich settlement, extending eight leagues along the river. Behind it, on an old bed of the river, now a lake, whose outlets are closed up, is the settlement of Fausse Riviere.