Life and Letters of Joel Barlow, LL.D., Poet, Statesman, Philosopher: With Extracts from His Works and Hitherto Unpublished Poems

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CHAPTER V.
1788-1795.

IN the midst of these varied pursuits there appeared in the poet's horizon one of those speculative barks,

"Built i' the eclipse
And rigged with curses dark,"

which have from time to time sunk beneath the waves of the American political sea, engulfing whole platoons of statesmen in their vortices. On the close of the war the attention of the speculative was attracted to the magnificent public domain of the nation, and syndicates were formed to purchase large blocks of virgin land, survey and map, and sell at an advanced price to settlers. The first and most notable of these were The Ohio Land Company, and its satellite, The Scioto Land Company. The former originated with two New England gentlemen of standing and character, Rufus Putnam and Benjamin Tupper, both of whom had served in the Revolution with distinction. The latter, while exploring the Ohio valley in 1785 as Government geographer, became impressed with the fertility and resources of the country, and returning to New England, early in 1786, sought out Putnam at his home in Rutland, Worcester County, Massachusetts, to confer with him in regard to their purchase and settlement. The result of this conference was an address to the people, and more especially to the officers and soldiers who had served in the late war, and who were, by a recent act of Congress, entitled to receive certain tracts of land in the Ohio country, stating that the subscribers, from personal inspection and from other incontestable evidences, were fully satisfied that the lands in that quar-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Introductory Note. iii
  • Joel Barlow. 1
  • Chapter II - 1778-1780. 10
  • Chapter III - 1780-1783. 24
  • Chapter IV - 1783-1788. 46
  • Chapter V - 1788-1795. 55
  • Chapter VI - 1795-1797. 115
  • Chapter VII - 1797-1805. 151
  • Chapter VIII - 1805-1811. 204
  • Chapter IX - 1811-1813. 256
  • Chapter X - Personal. 289
  • Index. 305
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