John A. McClung, SKETCHES OF WESTERN ADVENTURE; CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE MOST INTERESTING INCIDENTS CONNECTED WITH THE SETTLEMENT OF THE WEST, FROM 1755 TO 1794 (Dayton, Ohio: Ells, Claflin & Co., 1847)

1847

John A. McClung, SKETCHES OF WESTERN ADVENTURE; CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE MOST INTERESTING INCIDENTS CONNECTED WITH THE SETTLEMENT OF THE WEST, FROM 1755 TO 1794 (Dayton, Ohio: Ells, Claflin & Co., 1847)

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<For the correctness with which the adventures of Boone, Smith and Johnston are detailed, I refer the reader to the printed narratives of each of those gentlemen, which are to be found upon the shelves of almost every bookseller in the West. In the life of Boone, there are many particulars relating to the seige of Byrant's station and the battle of the Blue Licks, which are not to be found in Boone's narrative. For some of these, I am indebted to Mr. Marshall; but most of them have been taken from a series of "Notes," which appeared several years ago in the Kentucky Gazette, and which were carefully taken down from the verbal communications of individuals still living, who were actively engaged in those scenes.> MCCLUNG:vii-viii McClung, Sketches of Western Adventure, viii: "Had I chosen to have given admission to mere rumors, related by persons who had received them from others, I might have given a host of anecdotes, partaking strongly of the marvellous, and some of them really worth of being inserted, could I have been satisfied of their truth!" Perkins:293

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1847

John A. McClung, SKETCHES OF WESTERN ADVENTURE; CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE MOST INTERESTING INCIDENTS CONNECTED WITH THE SETTLEMENT OF THE WEST, FROM 1755 TO 1794 (Dayton, Ohio: Ells, Claflin & Co., 1847)

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<It is to be regretted, that the materials for a sketch of Boone are so scanty. He has left us a brief account of his adventures, but they are rather such as one would require for the composition of an epitaph, than of a biography. The leading incidents are mentioned in a general way, and there are some gaudy and ambitious sketches of scenery which swell the bulk of the piece without either pleasing the imagination or gratifying the curiosity. It would seem that the brief notes of the plain old woodsman, had been committed to some young sciolist [sic] in literature, who thought that flashy description could atone for barrenness of incident. <A generalsummary of remarkable events, neither excites nor gratifies curiosity, like a minute detail of all the circumstances connected with them. This trait, so essential to the interest of narratives, and of which perhaps the most splendid example in existence, has been in Mr. Cooper's "Last of the Mohicans," is deplorably wanting in most of the materials to which we have access. A novelist may fill up the blank from his own imagination; but a writer who professes to adhere to truth, is fettered down to the record before him. If, therefore, in the following details, we should be found guilty of the unpardonable sin of dullness, we hope that at least a portion of the blame will fall upon the scantiness of the materials.> MCCLUNG:40

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1847

John A. McClung, SKETCHES OF WESTERN ADVENTURE; CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE MOST INTERESTING INCIDENTS CONNECTED WITH THE SETTLEMENT OF THE WEST, FROM 1755 TO 1794 (Dayton, Ohio: Ells, Claflin & Co., 1847)

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Long Seige. On the treaty negotiations and the attack of the Indians on the settlers: <We look here in vain for the prudence and sagacity which usually distinguished Boone. Indeed there seems to have been a contest between him and Duquesne [sic], as to which should display the greater quantum of shallowness. The plot itself was unworthy of a child, and the execution beneath contempt. For alfter all this treachery, tp premit his prisoner to escape from the very midst of his warriors, who ceertainly might have thrown themselves between Boone and the fort, argues a poverty or timidity on the part of Duquesne, truly despicable.> In the next paragraphy, McClung notes that Boone soon <regained his usual sagacity.> MCCLUNG:54

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1847

John A. McClung, SKETCHES OF WESTERN ADVENTURE; CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE MOST INTERESTING INCIDENTS CONNECTED WITH THE SETTLEMENT OF THE WEST, FROM 1755 TO 1794 (Dayton, Ohio: Ells, Claflin & Co., 1847)

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After the events narrated in Filson's biograpy: <He continued a highly respectable citizen of Kentucky for several years, until the country became too thickly settled for HIS taste. As refinement of manners advanced, and the general standard of intelligence became elevated by the constant arrival of families of rank and influence, the rouhg old woodsman found himself entirely out of his element. He could neither read nor write; the all-engaging subject of politics, which soon began to agitate the country with great violence, was to him as a sealed book or an unknown language; and for several years he wandered among the living group which thronged the court-yard or the churches, like a venerable relic of other days. He was among them, but not of them! He pined in secret, for the wild and lonely forests of the west; for the immense prairie trodden only by the buffalo, or the elk; and became eager to exchange the listless languor and security of a village, for the healthful exercises of the chase, or the more thrilling excitement of savage warfare.> MCCLUNG:79

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John A. McClung, SKETCHES OF WESTERN ADVENTURE; CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE MOST INTERESTING INCIDENTS CONNECTED WITH THE SETTLEMENT OF THE WEST, FROM 1755 TO 1794 (Dayton, Ohio: Ells, Claflin & Co., 1847)

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<In 1792 [sic] he dictated his brief and rather dry memoirs to some young gentleman who could write, [McClung has already told us that Boone "could neither read nor write"] and who has garnished it with a few flourishes of rhetoric, which passed off upon the old woodsman as a precious morsel of eloquence. He was never more gratified, than when he could sit and hear it read to him, by some one, who was willing at so small an expense to gratify the harmless vanity of the kind-hearted old pioneer. He would listen with great earnestness, and occasionally rub his hands, smile, and ejaculate, "all true! every word true! -- not a lie in it."> <He never spoke of himself, unless particularly questioned; but the written account of his life was the Delialah of his imagination. The idea of "seeing his name in print," completely overcame the cold philosophy of his general manner, and he seemed to think it a masterpiece of composition.> MCCLUNG:79,80

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