CHAPTER XIX
ILL HEALTH, 1848-1850

BEFORE the "Oregon Trail" had run its slow course in the "Knickerbocker Magazine," Parkman had been busying himself in putting into narrative the varied mass of information which he had been gathering during the previous six or seven years. It was not easy to make one straight-away story of it, there was such lack of unity in the subject. Pontiac was but the most conspicuous chief in a long line of border war that encircled the English settlements from Maine to Carolina. There was need of art, of grouping and arrangement, of dragging certain events and actors into the foreground, of pushing others back, of exalting here and abasing there; in short, of the infinite pains that only can over. come an unwieldly narrative. Parkman himself says in the preface that lack of eyesight, which forced him to long periods of darkness and meditation, during which he thought out the sequence of his story, was really of service to him. It is a generous instance of giving the devil his due. I

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Francis Parkman 1
  • Chapter II- Ancestry 12
  • Chapter III- Boyhood 20
  • Chapter IV- College 27
  • Chapter V- Explorations 32
  • Chapter VI- The Margalloway 45
  • Chapter X- Naples and Rome 90
  • Chapter XI- From Florence to Edinburgh 105
  • Chapter XII- A Make-Believe Law Student 116
  • Chapter XIII- Preparation for Pontiac 133
  • Chapter XIV- Off on the Oregon Trail 148
  • Chapter XV- The Ogillallah 160
  • Chapter XVI- A Rough Journey 168
  • Chapter XVII- Life in an Indian Village 181
  • Chapter XVIII- Under Dr. Elliott''s Care 193
  • Chapter XIX- Ill Health, 1848-1850 205
  • Chapter XX- Life and Literature, 1850-1856 217
  • Chapter XXI- 1858-1865 229
  • Chapter XXII- History and Fame 246
  • Chapter XXIII- Canada and Canadian Friends 263
  • Chapter XXIV- Later Life 282
  • Chapter XXV- Character and Opinions 304
  • Chapter XXVI- A More Intimate Chapter 316
  • Appendix 327
  • Index 341
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