1851 <For several years it has been known to many students of our early history, that Mr. Lyman C. Draper was devoting his time and estate, and faculties admirably trained for such pursiits, to the collection of whatever materials still exist for the illustration of the lives of the Western Pioneers. He has carefully explored all the valley of the Mississippi, under the most favorable auspicies -- by his intelligence and enthusiasm and large acquaintance with the most conspicuous people, commended to every family which was the repository of special traditions or of written documents -- and he has succeeded in amassing a collection of MS. letters, narratives, and other papers, and of printed books, pamphlets, magazines, and journals, more extensive than is possessed by many of the state historical societies, while in character it is altogether and necessarily unique. He proposes soon to publish he first work, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GENERAL GEORGE ROGERS CLARKE (whose papers have been long in his possession, and whose surviving Indian fighters and other associateshe has personally visited), in two octavo volumes, to be followed by shorter historical memoirs of colonel Daniel Boone, General Simon Kenton, General John Sevier of East tennessee, General James Robertson, Captain Samuel Brady, Colonel William Crawford, the Wetzells, &c., &c. The field of his researches, it will be seen, embraces the entire sweep of the Mississippi, every stremlet flowing into which he has been crimsoned with the blood of sanguinary conflicts, every sentinel mountain looking down to whose waves has been a witness of more terrible and strange vicissitudes and adventures than have been invented by all the romancers. . . . Mr. D., however, in a letter to us, writen since the date of the above article, intimates that he shall probably begin his publications with the Life and Adventures of Capt. Samuel Brady, and reserve the Memoir of General Clark for a later issue. We shall expect the appearance of this last work with some impatience, as we hope to read it with much pleasure.> THE VIRGINIA HISTORICAL REGISTER 4 (1851):236.

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