Acquisition of Oregon and the Long Suppressed Evidence About Marcus Whitman
Seattle: Lowman & Hanford, 1911.
Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes bound in publisher's green cloth with gilt titles. A very good set with light rubbing to extremities. Bookplate of Portland attorney Alfred A. Hampson (b. 1882) on front pastedown of Volume I, and gift inscription dated December 25, 1911 to Hampson from Frederick V. Holman (Portland lawyer, civic leader, and President of the Oregon Historical Society) on front free endpaper. Graff 2691: "An attempt, based on the research of twenty-five years, to expose the myth that Whitman saved Oregon." Decker (Catalogue 23): "A monumental work of which only 200 copies were printed. The author is considered the best authority upon the subject and spent 25 years gathering materials for his work. The book is essential to any complete library bearing upon the history of Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana." The "Myth" in question is the assertion that missionary Marcus Whitman played a significant role in "saving" Oregon from possession by the British by traveling to Washington and convincing the United States government to send more settlers to the region. Howes M-322, Smith 6556.