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    Edward Smith. Account of a Journey Through North-Eastern Texas, Undertaken in 1849, for the Purposes of Emigration. Embodied in a Report: to Which are Appended Letters and Verbal Communications, from Eminent Individuals; lists of Temperatures; or Prices of Land, Produce, and Articles of Merchandize; and of Cost of Carriage and Labour; in Several Parts of the Western and Southern States; and the Recently Adopted Constitution of Texas, with Maps from the Last Authentic Survey. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co., 1849. First edition. 12mo, vi, 188 pages. Two folding maps: Map of Texas (20.5" x 11"), with listings of counties and cities. Map is detached along furthest right vertical fold. Small tear along lower edge. Also, the more detailed Part of North Eastern Texas, Shewing the Route of the Inspectors (14" x 10.75"). Bound in green cloth over boards with blind stamped border. Gilt lettering to spine. Scattered spots of foxing, pages show light toning. Light wear to boards, spine. Lower third and portion of the head of the spine covering chipped exposing some of the textblock, with cracking found throughout.

    Jenkins writes in Basic Texas Books: "In March 1849, a British colonizing venture headed by Henry Frearson commissioned Dr. [Edward] Smith and a young civil engineer named John Barrow to examine northeastern Texas to estimate its merits for prospective emigrants from England. Smith and Barrow sailed from Liverpool on April 10, 1849, arriving at Shreveport via New York on May 21. They then travelled overland into Texas as far as Dallas, studying the area in considerable detail and returning to Shreveport in June. They sailed back to England, impressed with the quality of the climate, soil, and prospects of the region." A true Texas rarity of the early statehood period.

    References: Basic Texas Books 187. Graff 3843. Howes S589. Raines, p. 190. Sabin 82444.


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