1974

Carolyn Smith, "The Literary Image of Daniel Boone: A Changing Heroic Ideal in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Popular Literature" (Ph.D. thesis, Department of English, University of Utah, 1974)

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<On the afternood of the third day, January 17th [1811], the boats touched at Charette, one of the old villages foundedby the original French colonitst. Here they met with Daniel Boon, the renowned patriarch of Kentucky, who had kept in the advance of civilization, and on the borders of the wilderness, still leading a hunter's life, though now in his eighty-fifth year [sic]. He had but recently returned from a hunting and trapping expedition, and had brought nearly sixty beaver skins as trophies of his skill. The old man was still erect in form, strong in limb, and unflinching in spirit; and as he stood on the river bank, watching the departure of an expedition destined to traverse the wildrness to the very shores of the Pacific, very probably felt a throb of his old pioneer spirit, impelling him to shoulder his rifle and join the adventurous band. Boon flourished several years after this meeting, in a vigorous old age, the Nestor of hunters and backwoodsmen; and died, full of sylvan honor ane renown, in 1818 [sic], in his ninety-second year [sic].> (Washington Irving, ASTORIA, OR, ANECDOTES OF AN ENTERPRISE BEYOND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, edited by William H. Goetzmann, 2 vols [1836; Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1961], 1:117) (SMITH2:31n says this follows exactly the account in John Bradbury, "Travels in the Interior of America, in the Years 1809, 1810, and 1811," in EARLY WESTERN TRAVELS, edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites (Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark, 1904), 5:43-44)

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