Excerpt from The History and Geography of the Mississippi Valley, Vol. 1 of 2
A kind of affectionate feeling for the country, where he has enjoyed, and suffered, all that the human heart can be supposed capable of feeling on this side Of the grave, which contains his children, his charities, and all those ties, which call forth aspirations for its well-being, after he shall be in the dust, enlisted his first purpose to commence this work. The general amenity of its aspect, its boundless woods and prairies, its long and devious streams, and its unparalleled advancement in population and improvement, filled his imagination. He had seen the country, in some sense, grow up under his eye. He saw the first steam boat, that descend ed the Mississippi. He had seen much of that transformation, as if Of magic, which has converted the wilderness to fields and orchards. He has wished to transfer to others some of the impressions, which have been wroughton his own mind by witnessing those changes. Such were some of the motives, that impelled him to undertake this work.
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