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John Beeson Plea for the Indians 1858 Edition  

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A Plea For the Indians; with Facts and Features of the Late War in Oregon

Beeson, John

New York

John Beeson


144 pp. (12mo) original wrappers. Custom cloth folder. Third Edition. First published the prior year. Streeter writes: "This pamphlet's value lies not in its account of an overland journey, which takes only a few pages, but in the descriptions of the harsh treatment of the Indians by the emigrants, and in giving the Indian point of view of the Indian War of 1855-6 in Oregon. The publication during the Indian War in one of the New York papers of a letter of Beeson's telling of the wrongs inflicted on the Indians got back to Oregon and infuriated the military party. They made the situation so hot for Beeson that his life was threatened and he had to flee to California. Beeson speaks highly of Joel Palmer and General Wool." Wagner-Camp notes that "Beeson left Illinois in March of 1853 and arrived in Southern Oregon by the Humboldt River and the Applegate Trail in September. At this time, the hostilities since known in the history of Oregon as the Rogue River War were nearly ending." Field 107; Graff 233; Howes B314; Sabin 4360; Smith 709; Streeter 3376; Wagner-Camp 284:4 (most references referring to the first edition).

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Wrappers chipped and with some soiling; lower corner dog-eared on several leaves at front; very good.

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