BC Historical Books

BC Historical Books

BC Historical Books

The manuscript journals of Alexander Henry, fur trader of the Northwest Company, and of David Thompson, official geographer and explorer of the same company 1799-1814 Exploration and adventure among the Indians on the Red, Saskatchewan, Missouri, and Columbia Rivers. In three volumes. Vol. I. The Red… Henry, Alexander, 1739-1824; Thompson, David, 1770-1857


"Limited edition of 1100 copies. Sometimes cited by the sub-title: The manuscript journals of Alexander Henry. Edited from a transcript of Henry's journal made by George Coventry in 1824 and now in the Parliamentary Library, Ottawa. Coues took "what grammatical liberties with the manuscript I saw fit. Deletion of simply superfluous words and of sheerly tautological phrases made it [the next] shrink about one-fourth... I have condensed to the utmost some parts of the Journal and even have cancelled entries of little or no present significance...":- Editor's preface, pp.xii-xiv. "In his notes, the Editor gives collateral information from the journals of David Thompson q.v. now in the Provincial Archives, Toronto.":- T.P.L. Published simultaneously in Great Britain by Suckling & Co. from the American printing. Contents: vol.I. The Red River of the north.- vol.2. Saskatchewan and Columbia Rivers.- vol.3. Index and maps." -- Strathern, G. M., & Edwards, M. H. (1970). Navigations, traffiques & discoveries, 1774-1848: A guide to publications relating to the area now British Columbia. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria, p. 128.

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