21 June 2005
ATKINSON, Henry (1782-1842). Expedition up the Missouri. Letter from the Secretary of War, Transmitting the Information required by a resolution of the House of Representatives of the 1st inst Respecting the Movements of the Expedition which Lately ascended the Missouri River, &c. 19th Congress, 1st Session. House of Representatives War Department Doc. 117. Washington, D.C.: Gales & Seaton, 1826.
8o (220 x 130 mm). 16 pages. Modern brown half morocco. Provenance: Lindley Eberstadt (his library number on pastedown).
FIRST EDITION. Mostly concerns the fur trade on the upper Missouri River and the Indian tribes, but also discusses additional subjects of interest such as Jedediah Smith's meeting with the British traders and his report on the British activities on the upper Missouri. Atkinson recounts meeting William Ashley at the mouth of the Yellowstone and notes his comments on an easy passage across the Rockies at the headwaters of the Platte. The expedition departed from Fort Atkinson on 16 May 1825, reaching the mouth of the Yellowstone on August 17. Ashley, carrying a large load of furs, met Atkinson and returned with him. They passed the Arikara Village on September 4 and arrived at Council Bluffs on September 19. Graff 104; Rittenhouse 17; Wagner-Camp-Becker 32.
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