By Washington Irving
In 1832, Washington Irving, lately lower back from seventeen years’ place of dwelling overseas and wanting to discover his personal state, launched into an excursion to the rustic west of Arkansas put aside for the Indians. A journey at the Prairies is his soaking up account of that trip, which prolonged from fortress Gibson to the go Timbers in what's now Oklahoma. First released in 1835, it has remained a perennial favourite, protecting its unique freshness, energy, and vividness to this present day.
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1 Out of a brief round over the Oklahoma prairies, on a military mission of no importance, during which the party saw not one hostile Indian, nor gathered any significant information about terrain, nor marked a road, nor accomplished anything except to wear out a few horses and to run short of foodout of this unpromising material Washington Irving made a travel book that was immediately 1 Author's Introduction. All quotations not otherwise acknowledged are from A Tour on the Prairies, as reprinted here.
At first these trips were confined mainly to the Eastto West Point, to the Catskills and the land of Sleepy Hollow, to the White Mountains, to Saratoga Springs, and finally to Niagara Falls. It was on this last trip that another accidental meeting sent the three travelers off to see the West and Indian country. After visiting the falls, the three travelers went to Buffalo, where they boarded a Lake Erie steamer bound for Detroit. At first Irving planned to leave it at some intermediate port and return east alone by way of the Ohio River.
Had I experienced coldness or dis- Page 8 trusthad I been treated as an alien from the sympathies of my countrymen, I should have buried my wounded feelings in my bosom, and remained silent. But they have welcomed me home with their old indulgence; they have shown that, notwithstanding my long absence, and the doubts and suggestions to which it had given rise, they still believe and trust in me. And now, let them feel assured, that I am heart and soul among them. I make no boast of my patriotism; I can only say, that, as far as it goes, it is no blind attachment.
A Tour on the Prairies (Western Frontier Library) by Washington Irving