Publication: D Appleton & Company, 1848, New York and Philadelphia
First Edition. Original cloth binding. 557pp.+32 pages of advertisements at end of volume. 10 Plates. Large folding map. Covering in much detail, the period of 1821-1845, the author presents a comprehensive history of the war against the Seminole Indians in Florida. "The story of the wonderful contests of a savage tribe of less than four thousand, of all ages, in 1822, and less than one thousand in 1845, with the disciplined forces of the United States, for nearly a quarter of a century, is here told with all its minutest relations. It is a sad story of heroism, gallantry, and patriotism on the side of the Aborigines, and of treachery, unscrupulous covetousness, and barefaced lying on the part of the government and its officials; including the President, the Senate, and the generals in command. The great republic was only victor at last, by inveigling the Indian chiefs, under the most sacred promises of safe conduct, into imprisonment and chains; and after losing one hundred soldiers for every Indian taken or slain, forty-five millions of treasure were expended in reducing these seven hundred patriots."--Field 1475. Rubbing, general wear, and some soiling to cloth. Rebacked with original cloth spine laid-down. Occassional light foxing throughout. Map foxed with professional repair to tear on verso. A rare and important history. From the library of, and signed by, Bishop Whipple of Minnesota. An Episcopal priest, Henry Benjamin Whipple was consecrated first bishop of Minnesota in 1859. A new state, Minnesota was inhabited by 20,000 Indians, for whom Whipple had great sympathy. Bishop Whipple was a life-long advocate for the Indians, making many trips to Washington on their behalf. Protected in a cloth slipcase with gilt-stamped leather label on spine.
Inventory Number: 48437