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New York: The Knickerbocker Press. Good. 1900. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Four volume set, 5 folding maps, 102 plates. Here, #2 of only 200 sets in the seldom seen original grained green morocco (which has reverted to brown at the spines); floral gilt corner devices, raised bands, gilt titled spine. Ruled & floriated dentelles; remarkably preserved red suede end & fly sheets. Top edge gilt; others deckled. One page folded legal leaf in Roosevelt's hand mounted following colophon reveals his editing wasn't reflective but spontaneous (lined through words here bracketed): "The attitude of the British gradually changed from one of passive to active hostility. In 1792 and '93 they still (united) [to keep] the Indians to make [at] peace with the Americans, provided always there were no such concessions made to the latter as would endanger the British control of the fur trade. But by the beginning of 1794 the relations between the Great Britain and the United States had become so strained that open war was threatened; for the advisors of the king, relying on the weakness of the young Federal Republic had begun to adopt towards it that tone of brutal insolence, which [backed by] reflected well the general attitude of the British people toward all Americans, and which finally brought on the second war between the two nations. The British officials in Canada were quick to reflect the tone of the home government, and, as always in such cases, [some of them] the more zealous and belligerent went a little farther than they were authorized. On February 10th Lord Dorchester, Governor of Canada, in an address of welcome to some of the chiefs from the tribes of the north and west, said speaking of the boundary, [speaking of children, since my return, I find no appearance of a line] "Children since my return I find no appearance of a line remains; and the manner in which the people of the United States push on and act and talk [on this] .I shall not be xxx surprised if we are at war with them in the course of the present year; and if so a line must then be drawn by the warriors .we have acted in the most peaceable manner and borne the language and conduct of the people if the United States with patience; but I believe our patience is almost exhausted." (1) [At the Nor that] Of course such a speech, delivered to such an audience, was [merely incitement to war a direct] more than a mere incitement to war; it was a direct appeal to arms. [P] Nor did the [incitement] encouragement given the Indians end with words; for [Simcoe] in April, Simcoe, [who was in command in upper Canada, went to] the lieutenant-governor, himself built a fort at the Miami rapids, in the very heart of the hostile . (1). Rives' Life and Times of James Madison, III, 418. A verified copy of the speech, from the archives of the London Foreign Office. The authenticity of the speech was admitted at the time by the British minister; yet, extraordinary to say, not only British, but American historians, had spoken of it as spurious." An exceptional set in publisher's scarce original bindings; free of previous owner's name or other markings.; Large, stout octavo; Signed by Author .
Title: The Winning of the West. Daniel Boone Edition with Roosevelt manuscript. Four volume set.
Edition: Limited Edition
Publisher: New York, The Knickerbocker Press: 1900
Book Condition: Good
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