San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1948.
First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a very good dust jacket. xx, 141 pp, indexed. A fine copy in original red cloth. Dust jacket has mild wear to the top edge and a small nick in the front panel. Toulmin was a Unitarian minister who left England after facing harassment for his outspoken political and religious views. He met Thomas Jefferson and James Madison soon after arriving in the United States, and with their help was appointed President of Transylvania University in Lexington. He resigned in 1796 to become Secretary of State of Kentucky, and in 1804 Jefferson appointed him to a judgeship in the superior court of the Washington District of the Mississippi Territory. His reports on Virginia and Kentucky were written in 1793 and 1794 at the request of his Lancashire parishioners who wished to have a first hand account of various parts of America. They are factural and detailed, covering every aspect of life in the new west.