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A M ER I C A,
PERFORMED IN 1806,
JOR THE PURPOSE OF EXPLORING THE
ALLEGHANY, MONONGAHELA, OHIO, AND
NEWBURY PORTRE-PRINTED FOR WILLIAM SAWYER & CO.
By EDMUND M. Blunt, STATE-Street,
It is universally acknowledged, that no description of
writing comprehends so much amusement and entertainment as well written accounts of voyages and travels, especially in countries little known. If the voyages of a Cook and his followers, exploratory of the South Sea Islands, and the travels of a Bruce, or a Park, in the interior regions of Africa, have merited and obtained celebrity, the work now presented to the public cannot but claim a similar merit. The western part of America, become interesting in every point of view, has been little known, and misrepresented by the few writers on the subject, led by motives of interest or traffic, and has not heretofore Loen exhibited in a satisfactory manner. Mr. Ashe, the author of the present work, and who has now returned to America, here gives an account every way satisfactory. With all the necessary acquirements, he went on an exploratory journey, with the sole view of examining this interesting country; and his researches, delivered in the familiar stile of letters, in which he carries the reader along with him, cannot fail to interest and inform the politician, the statesman, the philosopher, and antiquary. He explains the delusions that have been held up by fanciful or partial writers as to the country, by which so many individuals have been misled ; he furnishes to the naturalist a variety of interesting information ; and to the antiquary he presents objects of absolute astonishment; the Indian antiquities of the western world, here first brought forward to the public, must create admiration. It will be seen that the fallen racę who now inhabit America are the successors of men who have been capable of architectural and other work, that would do honour to any people or any age ; and the remarkable antiquities which he describes cannot but induce still more minute enquiry and investigation of objects of so great importance.