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c. 1807 book: ‘Brought across the plains in an Ox Wagon – 1862’

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This little leather bound book bears the remains of grass and flowers Picked on the Plains by Matty B. Ross. 1862 pasted inside the front cover and offers the period inscription Presented by Mattie Boone Ross. This book was brought across the Plains in an ox wagon. 1962. The book measures approximately 6 5/8 X 4 3/8 inches and contains 382 pages, all tight and intact with the exception of the fly which though tight has a narrow section missing at the top of the page not impacting on the presentation inscription and the lower corner of the first 10 pages have been torn away not impacting on the print. The book is titled The IMPROVEMENT of THE MIND in two parts – also A DISCOURSE in the EDUCATION OF YOUTH and REMNANTS OF TIME employed in PROSE & VERSES by Isaac Watts, D. D. (Bennington, Vt.) and printed by Anthony Haswell – 1807. [ Anthony Haswell came to America with his father and brother in 1769. He apprenticed as a printer / publisher who after witnessing the Boston Massacre developed an interest in the politics of the time, becoming a member of the Sons of Liberty composing ballads for the movement. and served in the Revolutionary War.] We were able to establish that Mattie Boone was born in 1848 in Chicago and indeed did travel West, per her 1935 obituary, arriving in Oregon in 1862. She attended the Portland Academy and Female Seminary about 1865 and was married in 1869 to Edward C. Ross who was for many years editor of the Walla Walla Statesman. The U. S. Census lists Mattie as keeping house in Walla Walla, Washington Territory in 1870. Good food for further research, one has to wonder where Mattie appears in the pioneer Boone lineage as well as the circumstances of the 1862 ox cart journey from Chicago to the West Coast. A neat piece of Americana, this leather volume offers good evidence of period use and carrying yet remains secure at the binding with no loose pages and is pleasing to the eye. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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