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FIRST EDITION. Following Colonel Bouquet’s successful expedition to relieve Fort Pitt at the beginning of the Pontiac War, he travelled into the Ohio territory as far as the Muskingum River. He was able to end the hostilities without any further major conflicts and managed to win the release of about 300 hostages from the Delaware and Shawnee tribes. A reign of terror which had befallen the western frontier finally ended. Bouquet had earned a reputation for acquiring the necessary skills for warfare in the wilderness. The lasting effect was to open up the Ohio Valley to English expansion and settlement. The London edition was accompanied by a folding map after Thomas Hutchins which was in two halves. Bouquet developed a fever in September 1765 and died. William Smith wrote this work based on Bouquet’s own notes and journals. Evans 10167; Hildeburn 2169; Howes S693; Sabin 84616; Streeter sale 2:972; Wroth Mirror of the Indian 76; Vail 564.
SMITH, William

Historical Account of the Expedition against the Ohio Indians, in the year 1764, under the Command of Henry Bouquet

Printed and sold by William Bradford, Philadelphia, 1765
FIRST EDITION. Quarto (240 x 180 mm.), disbound, remnants of early marbled wrappers. Two folding engraved plans, lacking the frontispiece map by Hutchins (as usual; only about 6 copies survive with the map), signature cut from upper margin of title-page, occasional soiling, many corners rounded, turned, or broken.
Stock number: 6351

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