Pioneer Life in Kentucky, 1785-1800

Pioneer Life in Kentucky, 1785-1800

Pioneer Life in Kentucky, 1785-1800

Pioneer Life in Kentucky, 1785-1800

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This book consists of a series of "reminiscential" letters written by Dr. Daniel Drake in response to the urgent requests of his children for a family record. No two letters are alike in style. To his youngest child, Harriet Echo, he seems to write with an especial tenderness. For a son-in-law, Alexander Hamilton McGuffey, he describes the cultivation and use of Indian corn, enlivening the letter with many allusions to authors and books. Letter VI is to an adopted daughter who is neurotic and he apparently subtly advises that she cultivate a taste for the quiet beauties of nature. As one reads these letters with care it seems possible to fathom the sentiment Drake entertained toward each person to whom he is writing.

The first edition of this book as arranged by his son, Charles Daniel Drake was published in 1870 as Volume No. 6 of the Ohio Valley Historical Series (Robert Clarke & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio). The demand for this edition has made every copy a collector's item. Only one reprint was published (1907) but, in catalogues of Americana, this is even more rarely listed than the earlier edition. In view of its historical significance and rarity, it is surprising that another edition has not been issued before now.

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