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Early Western Travels

This is the list of the books reprinted in the series Early Western Travels, 1748-1846 (32 vols.), ed. Reuben Gold Thwaites, Cleveland, OH: The Authur H. Clark Company, 1904

A number of these selections relating to the mountain men or the fur trade have been digitized and are in this website's digital library. The entire EWT collection is available online at the Library of Congress.

Volume I (1748-1764)-


Journal of a Tour to the Ohio; August 11 - October 2, 1748. From Pennsylvania Colonial Records, v; with variations from Pennsylvania Historical Collections, i.


Selection of his Letters and Journals, relating to Tours into the Western Country; November 16, 1750 - November, 1765. From Pennsylvania Colonial Records, v-vii; Massachusetts Historical Collections (4th series), ix; Butler's History of Kentucky (Cincinnati and Louisville, 1836), Appendix, with variations from other sources; and New York Colonial Documents, vii.


Two Journals of Western Tours: one, to the neighborhood of Fort Duquesne (July-September, 1758); the other, to the Ohio (October, 1758-January, 1759). From Proud's History of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1798), ii, Appendix.


Journal of Captain Morris, of His Majesty's XVII Regiment of Infantry, relative to his thrilling experiences upon the Maumee; Detroit, September 25, 1764. Reprint from the author's Miscellanies in Prose and Verse (London, 1791)

Volume II (1768-1782)-


Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians; with an account of the Posts situated on the River Saint Laurence, Lake Ontario, &c.; to which is added, a Vocabulary of the Chippeway Language; Names of Furs and Skins, in English and French; list of words in the Iroquois, Mohegan, Shawanee, and Esquimeaux Tongues; and a Table, shewing the Analogy between the Algonkin and Chippeway Languages. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1791.

Volume III (1795-1803)-


Travels into Kentucky; July 15, 1793 - April II, 1796. Englished from the original French, appearing in American Philosophical Society Proceedings, 1889.


Travels to the West of the Alleghany Mountains, in the States of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and back to Charleston by the Upper Carolines, etc.; September 24, 1801-March 26, 1803. Reprint of (second) London edition, 1805.


Journal of a Tour into the Territory Northwest of the Alleghany Mountains; April 7-July 1, 1803. Reprint of the original edition. Boston, 1805 (the Journal proper, omitting Appendix as being outside the sphere of the present series).

Volume IV (1807-1809)-


Sketches of a Tour to the Western Country, through the States of Ohio and Kentucky; a Voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and a Trip through the Mississippi Territory, and part of West Florida; January 8, 1807-April 1l, 1809. Reprint of the original edition. Pittsburg 1810 (omitting the irrelevant Appendix).

Volume V (1809-1812)-


Travels in the Interior of America, including a description of Upper Louisiana, together with the States of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, with the Illinois, and Western Territories; December 31, 1809-January 20, 1812, with subsequent data in the Appendix. Reprint of (second) London edition, 1819.

Volume VI (1811-1814)-


Journal of a Voyage up the River Missouri; April 2-August, 1811. Reprint of (second) Baltimore edition, 1816.


Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America, or the First American Settlement on the Pacific; July 26, 18ll-September 1, 1814. Translated and edited by J. V. Huntington. Reprint of (second) New York edition, 1854.

Volume VII (1810-1814)-


Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River: being a Narrative of the Expedition fitted out by John Jacob Astor, to establish the "Pacific Fur Company;" with an account of the Indian tribes on the Coast of the Pacific; May, 1810-April 4, 1814. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1849.

Volume VIII (1804-1821)-


Voyages, Travels, and Discoveries; September 10, 1804-October 20, 1821. Reprint of original edition: Boston, 1831.


A Pedestrious Tour, of Four Thousand Miles, through the Western States and Territories; February 2-July, 1818. Reprint of the original edition: Concord, New Hampshire, 1819.

Volume IX (1818-1820)-


Letters from America; July 10, 1818-November 9, 1820. Reprint of the original edition: Edinburgh, 1822.

Volume X (1818-1821) -


Journal made during a Tour in the Western Countries of America (Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois); September 30, 1818-August 7, 1819. Reprint from Cobbett's A Year's Residence in the United States of America (London, 1828).


Letters from Lexington (June 25, 1819) and the Illinois (August 16, 1819). Reprint of the original edition: London, 1819.


Letters from the Illinois; January 18, 1820-May 7, 1821. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1822.


Two Years' Residence in the Settlement on the English Prairie, in the Illinois Country; June 5, 1820 July 3, 1821. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1822.

Volumes XI and XII (1818-1820)-


Memorable days in America: being a Journal of a Tour to the United States, principally undertaken to ascertain, by positive evidence, the condition and probable prospects of British Emigrants; including Accounts of Mr. Birkbeck's settlement in the Illinois; November 27, 1818-July 21, 1820. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1823.


A Visit to North America and the English Settlements in Illinois, with a Winter Residence at Philadelphia; solely to ascertain the actual prospects of the emigrating agriculturist, mechanic, and commercial speculator; May 5, 1819-May 10, 1820. Reprint of the original edition: London, 1821.

Volume XIII (1818-1820)-


A Journal of Travels into the Arkansa Territory, with occasional observations on the manners of the Aborigines; October 2, 1818-February 18, 1820. Reprint of the original edition: Philadelphia, 1821.

Volumes XIV, XV, XVI, and XVII (1819-1820)-


Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains, performed by order of the Hon. J. C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, . . . compiled from the Notes of Maj. S. H. Long, Mr. T. Say, and other Gentlemen of the Party; March 31, 18l9-November 22, 1820. Text reprinted from the 3-volume London edition, 1823; Preliminary Notice, Long and Swift's calculations of observations, and Say's vocabularies of Indian languages, from the Philadelphia edition of the same year.

Volume XVIII (1824-l830)-


Personal Narrative during an Expedition from St. Louis through the Vast Regions between that place and the Pacific Ocean, and thence back through the City of Mexico to Vera Cruz, etc-; June 20, 1824-August 30, 1830. Edited by Timothy Flint, with additional articles by Doctor Willard and Conrad MalteBrun. Reprint of the original edition: Cincinnati, 1831.

Volumes XIX and XX (1821-1839)-


Letters from the West, comprising a Tour through the Western Country, and a residence of two Summers in the States of Ohio and Kentucky; 1821-1823. Reprint of original edition: New Bedford, Mass., 1823.


Sketch of a Journey through the Western States of North America, from New Orleans, by the Mississippi, Ohio, City of Cincinnati, and Falls of Niagara, to New York, in 1827. Reprint of original edition: London, 1827.


Commerce of the Prairies: or, the Journal of a Santa Fe Trader, during eight expeditions across the Great Western Prairies, and a residence of nearly nine years in Northern Mexico; 1831-1839. Reprint of the 2 volume New York edition (second), 1845.

Volume XXI (1832-1836)-


Oregon; or, short History of a long Journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the region of the Pacific, by land; March 1, 1832-January 2, 1833. Reprint of the original edition: Cambridge, 1833.


Journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River; March 24-November 30, 1836. Reprint of original edition: Philaddphia, 1839 - omitting visit to Hawaii and South America, and the now unessential Appendix.

Volumes XXII, XXIII, and XXIV (1833-1834)-


Travels in the Interior of North America; May 17, 1832-August 8, 1834. Translated from the German by Hannibal Evans Lloyd. Reprint of original (English) edition: London, 1843 - with additional material in the Appendix (Volume xxiv), translated by Asa Currier Tilton for the present reprint from the original German edition (Coblentz, 1839).

Volume XXV (1833-1834)-


Plates reproduced from the French edition: Paris, 1843.

Volumes XXVI and XXVII (1836-1842)-


The Far West: or, a Tour beyond the Mountains; Jun - Autumn, 1836. Reprint of the 2-volume original edition: New York, 1838.


Letters and Sketches: with a Narrative of a Year's Residence among the Indian Tribes of the Rocky Mountains; February 4, 184l-November 1, 1842. Reprint of original edition: Philadelphia, 1843.

Volumes XXVIII and XXIX (1839-1846)-


Travels in the Great Western Prairie, the Anahuac, and Rocky Mountains, and in the Oregon Territory; May 21-October 16, 1839. Reprint of the London edition: 1843.


Oregon Missions and Travels over the Rocky Mountains; February 15, 1844-August 17, 1846. Reprint of the original edition: New York, 1847.

Volume XXX (1845-1846)-


Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains, to the mouth of the Columbia River; April 16, 1845-July 23, 1846. Reprint of the original edition: Cincinnati, 1847.

Volumes XXXI and XXXII-

Analytical Index to the Series