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Early Western Travels
This is the list of the books reprinted in the series Early Western
Travels, 1748-1846 (32 vols.), ed. Reuben Gold
Thwaites, Cleveland, OH: The Authur H. Clark Company, 1904
A number of these selections relating to the mountain men or the fur
trade have been digitized and are in this website's digital library. The entire EWT collection
is available online at
the Library of Congress.
Volume I (1748-1764)-
Journal of a Tour to the Ohio; August 11 -
October 2, 1748. From Pennsylvania Colonial Records,
v; with variations from Pennsylvania Historical
Selection of his Letters and Journals, relating
to Tours into the Western Country; November 16, 1750 - November,
1765. From Pennsylvania Colonial Records, v-vii;
Massachusetts Historical Collections (4th series),
ix; Butler's History of Kentucky (Cincinnati and
Louisville, 1836), Appendix, with variations from other sources;
and New York Colonial Documents, vii.
POST (CHARLES FREDERICK).
Two Journals of Western Tours: one, to
the neighborhood of Fort Duquesne (July-September, 1758); the
other, to the Ohio (October, 1758-January, 1759). From Proud's
History of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1798), ii,
MORRIS (CAPTAIN THOMAS).
Journal of Captain Morris, of His
Majesty's XVII Regiment of Infantry, relative to his thrilling
experiences upon the Maumee; Detroit, September 25, 1764. Reprint
from the author's Miscellanies in Prose and Verse
Volume II (1768-1782)-
Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and
Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American
Indians; with an account of the Posts situated on the River Saint
Laurence, Lake Ontario, &c.; to which is added, a Vocabulary
of the Chippeway Language; Names of Furs and Skins, in English
and French; list of words in the Iroquois, Mohegan, Shawanee, and
Esquimeaux Tongues; and a Table, shewing the Analogy between the
Algonkin and Chippeway Languages. Reprint of the original
edition: London, 1791.
Volume III (1795-1803)-
Travels into Kentucky; July 15, 1793 -
April II, 1796. Englished from the original French, appearing in
American Philosophical Society Proceedings, 1889.
MICHAUX (FRANCOIS ANDRE).
Travels to the West of the
Alleghany Mountains, in the States of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee,
and back to Charleston by the Upper Carolines, etc.; September
24, 1801-March 26, 1803. Reprint of (second) London edition,
HARRIS (THADDEUS MASON).
Journal of a Tour into the Territory
Northwest of the Alleghany Mountains; April 7-July 1, 1803.
Reprint of the original edition. Boston, 1805 (the Journal
proper, omitting Appendix as being outside the sphere of the
Volume IV (1807-1809)-
Sketches of a Tour to the Western
Country, through the States of Ohio and Kentucky; a Voyage down
the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and a Trip through the
Mississippi Territory, and part of West Florida; January 8,
1807-April 1l, 1809. Reprint of the original edition. Pittsburg
1810 (omitting the irrelevant Appendix).
Volume V (1809-1812)-
Travels in the Interior of America, including a
description of Upper Louisiana, together with the States of Ohio,
Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, with the Illinois, and Western
Territories; December 31, 1809-January 20, 1812, with subsequent
data in the Appendix. Reprint of (second) London edition, 1819.
Volume VI (1811-1814)-
BRACKENRIDGE (HENRY MARIE).
Journal of a Voyage up the River Missouri; April 2-August, 1811.
Reprint of (second) Baltimore edition, 1816.
Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America, or the First American Settlement on the Pacific; July 26, 18ll-September 1, 1814. Translated and edited
by J. V. Huntington. Reprint of (second) New York edition, 1854.
Volume VII (1810-1814)-
Adventures of the First Settlers on the
Oregon or Columbia River: being a Narrative of the Expedition
fitted out by John Jacob Astor, to establish the "Pacific Fur
Company;" with an account of the Indian tribes on the Coast of
the Pacific; May, 1810-April 4, 1814. Reprint of the original
edition: London, 1849.
Volume VIII (1804-1821)-
BUTTRICK (TILLY, JR.).
Voyages, Travels, and Discoveries;
September 10, 1804-October 20, 1821. Reprint of original edition:
A Pedestrious Tour, of Four Thousand Miles,
through the Western States and Territories; February 2-July,
1818. Reprint of the original edition: Concord, New Hampshire,
Volume IX (1818-1820)-
Letters from America; July 10, 1818-November 9,
1820. Reprint of the original edition: Edinburgh, 1822.
Volume X (1818-1821) -
Journal made during a Tour in the Western
Countries of America (Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois); September 30,
1818-August 7, 1819. Reprint from Cobbett's A Year's
Residence in the United States of America (London,
Letters from Lexington (June 25, 1819) and the
Illinois (August 16, 1819). Reprint of the original edition:
Letters from the Illinois; January 18, 1820-May
7, 1821. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1822.
Two Years' Residence in the Settlement on the
English Prairie, in the Illinois Country; June 5, 1820 July 3,
1821. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1822.
Volumes XI and XII (1818-1820)-
Memorable days in America: being a Journal of a
Tour to the United States, principally undertaken to ascertain,
by positive evidence, the condition and probable prospects of
British Emigrants; including Accounts of Mr. Birkbeck's
settlement in the Illinois; November 27, 1818-July 21, 1820.
Reprint of the original edition: London, 1823.
A Visit to North America and the English
Settlements in Illinois, with a Winter Residence at
solely to ascertain the actual prospects of the emigrating
agriculturist, mechanic, and commercial speculator; May 5,
1819-May 10, 1820. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1821.
Volume XIII (1818-1820)-
A Journal of Travels into the Arkansa
Territory, with occasional observations on the manners of the
Aborigines; October 2, 1818-February 18, 1820. Reprint of the
original edition: Philadelphia, 1821.
Volumes XIV, XV, XVI, and XVII (1819-1820)-
Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the
Rocky Mountains, performed by order of the Hon. J. C. Calhoun,
Secretary of War, . . . compiled from the Notes of Maj. S. H.
Long, Mr. T. Say, and other Gentlemen of the Party; March 31,
18l9-November 22, 1820. Text reprinted from the 3-volume London
edition, 1823; Preliminary Notice, Long and Swift's calculations
of observations, and Say's vocabularies of Indian languages, from
the Philadelphia edition of the same year.
Volume XVIII (1824-l830)-
PATTIE (JAMES 0.).
Personal Narrative during an Expedition from
St. Louis through the Vast Regions between that place and the
Pacific Ocean, and thence back through the City of Mexico to Vera
Cruz, etc-; June 20, 1824-August 30, 1830. Edited by Timothy
Flint, with additional articles by Doctor Willard and Conrad
MalteBrun. Reprint of the original edition: Cincinnati, 1831.
Volumes XIX and XX (1821-1839)-
OGDEN (GEORGE W.).
Letters from the West, comprising a Tour
through the Western Country, and a residence of two Summers in
the States of Ohio and Kentucky; 1821-1823. Reprint of original
edition: New Bedford, Mass., 1823.
Sketch of a Journey through the Western States
of North America, from New Orleans, by the Mississippi, Ohio,
City of Cincinnati, and Falls of Niagara, to New York, in 1827.
Reprint of original edition: London, 1827.
Commerce of the Prairies: or, the Journal of a
Santa Fe Trader, during eight expeditions across the Great
Western Prairies, and a residence of nearly nine years in
Northern Mexico; 1831-1839. Reprint of the 2 volume New York
edition (second), 1845.
Volume XXI (1832-1836)-
WYETH (JOHN B.).
Oregon; or, short History of a long Journey from
the Atlantic Ocean to the region of the Pacific, by land; March
1, 1832-January 2, 1833. Reprint of the original edition:
TOWNSEND (JOHN K.).
Journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the
Columbia River; March 24-November 30, 1836. Reprint of original
edition: Philaddphia, 1839 - omitting visit to Hawaii and South
America, and the now unessential Appendix.
Volumes XXII, XXIII, and XXIV (1833-1834)-
MAXIMILIAN, PRINCE OF WIED-NEUWIED.
Travels in the Interior of
North America; May 17, 1832-August 8, 1834. Translated from the
German by Hannibal Evans Lloyd. Reprint of original (English)
edition: London, 1843 - with additional material in the Appendix
(Volume xxiv), translated by Asa Currier Tilton for the present
reprint from the original German edition (Coblentz, 1839).
Volume XXV (1833-1834)-
CHARLES BODMER'S FAMOUS ATLAS TO MAXIMILLAN.
from the French edition: Paris, 1843.
Volumes XXVI and XXVII (1836-1842)-
The Far West: or, a Tour beyond the Mountains;
Jun - Autumn, 1836. Reprint of the 2-volume original edition: New
SMET (PIERRE JEAN DE).
Letters and Sketches: with a Narrative of
a Year's Residence among the Indian Tribes of the Rocky
Mountains; February 4, 184l-November 1, 1842. Reprint of original
edition: Philadelphia, 1843.
Volumes XXVIII and XXIX (1839-1846)-
FARNHAM (THOMAS J.).
Travels in the Great Western Prairie, the
Anahuac, and Rocky Mountains, and in the Oregon Territory; May
21-October 16, 1839. Reprint of the London edition: 1843.
SMET (PIERRE JEAN DE).
Oregon Missions and Travels over the Rocky
Mountains; February 15, 1844-August 17, 1846. Reprint of the
original edition: New York, 1847.
Volume XXX (1845-1846)-
Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains, to the
mouth of the Columbia River; April 16, 1845-July 23, 1846.
Reprint of the original edition: Cincinnati, 1847.
Volumes XXXI and XXXII-
Analytical Index to the Series