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Page 6 of Personal narrative of travels in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky : and of a residence in the Illinois Territory: 1817-1818 / Elias Pym Fordham ; with facsimiles of the author's sketches and plans ; edited by FredericAustin Ogg. val

Fordham's Personal Narrative VII Physical character of southern Illinois - The English Prairie - Three lines of communication with the Atlantic - Set- tlers in and about the English Prairies -Rates of freightage - Cost of travel - A tabular view of products - Fauna of the region - Salt deposits - Cost of building - Advantages of the backwoods settler - Profits of trade - Land the basis of wealth - The Mississippi river system - Slaves and bound persons - Classes of frontier settlers - Character of the backwoodsman - Democratic manners - Signs of prog- ress - How to take up land - Eastern ignorance of the West - The climate - Size of the Illinois Territory - Op- portunities for capital in Illinois - No prej udice against liberal-minded Englishmen . III VIII A trip down the Patoka - Winter labors and amusements - Christmas-Legislation against duelling-A journey to Cincinnati-Lack of scenery-Difficulties of travel-A frontier judge - Fredericksburg - Albany - Louisville - Shelbyville-Cost of lodgings-Frankfort-The Ken- tuckians-Arrival at Cincinnati 136 IX A trip across the Wabash in search of land - A night in the woods - The people of Indiana - The Kentuckians i66 X The Americanizing of emigrants -Attitude of Westerners toward Englishmen - Prospective peace with the southern Indians - Emigration to Missouri - Mr. Birkbeck's estate - Fordham's farm - Opportunities for men with capital - Respect for education and manners 170 XI The people of Virginia - The Kentuckians - The winning of Kentucky from the Indians -The work of Daniel Boone - Sensations experienced in the wvilderness - Nature of Indian warfare - Cassidy's achievements - Manner of life of a wealthy Kentucky farmer -Society inchoate in the Illi- nois Country - The farming class - The hunters . I76 XII Dimensions of the Ohio - Its scenery - Velocity of the cur- rent - La Salle on the Ohio - Early settlements in the West - Struggle of frontiersmen and Indians - Population of the western states-The growth of Cincinnati - Descrip- tion of the city - Manners of the people - The negro popu- lation - Story of the negro Anthony - Character of the flatboatmen .83 6

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