|1.||Charles Francis Adams, ed., The Memoirs of John Quincy Adams, 12 vols. (Philadelphia: J. P. Lippincott, 1874–77), 4:438–39.|
|1.||The transfer ceremonies are described in Hiram M. Chittenden, The American Fur Trade of the Far West, 3 vols. (New York: Francis P. Harper, 1902), 1:104–05. This classic of the fur trade, still a basic history nearly a century later, has appeared in many editions. Mine is Stanford, Calif.: Academic Reprints, 1954. Most readily available is a Bison Book edition with an excellent foreword by William R. Swagerty, 2 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986).|
|2.||Most of what is known of Colter comes from Thomas James, Three Years among the Indians and Mexicans, ed. Walter B. Douglas (1846; St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1916), or is inferred from references in the journals of Lewis and Clark. There are two accepted biographies: Stallo Vinton, John Colter (New York: E. Eberstadt, 1926) and Burton Harris, John Colter: His Years in the Rockies (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952). Harris is generally considered the superior, although heavily speculative in his reconstructions. Consult especially the Bison Book edition (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1993); it contains Harris's addenda as incorporated in a subsequent edition (Casper, Wyo.: Big Horn Book Co., 1983) and an introduction by David Lavender that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the book. I have found the most authoritative and informative account of Colter to be Aubrey L. Haines, "John Colter," in LeRoy R. Hafen, ed., Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West, 10 vols. (Glendale: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1965–72), 8:73–85. This|
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Publication information: Book title: After Lewis and Clark: Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific. Contributors: Robert M. Utley - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 315.
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