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By Washington Irving

In 1832, Washington Irving, lately again from seventeen years’ place of dwelling out of the country and wanting to discover his personal nation, launched into an excursion to the rustic west of Arkansas put aside for the Indians. A travel at the Prairies is his soaking up account of that trip, which prolonged from citadel Gibson to the pass Timbers in what's now Oklahoma. First released in 1835, it has remained a perennial favourite, conserving its unique freshness, power, and vividness to at the present time.

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3 Having, since my return to the United States, made a wide and varied tour, for the gratification of my curiosity, it has been supposed that I did it for the purpose of writing a book; and it has more than once been intimated in the papers, that such a work 3 The preface to the author's revised edition begins with the sentence that follows. " (Pierre M. ) Page 9 was actually in the press, containing scenes and sketches of the Far West. These announcements, gratuitously made for me, before I had put pen to paper, or even contemplated any thing of the kind, have embarrassed me exceedingly.

I again saw the ''blue line of my native land" rising like a cloud in that horizon where, so many years before, I had seen it fade away. I again saw the bright city of my birth rising out of its beautiful bay; its multiplied fanes and spires, and its prolonged forest of masts, proclaiming its augmented grandeur. My heart throbbed with pride and admiration as I gazed upon itI gloried in being its son. But how was the wanderer to be received, after such an absence? Was he to be taken, as a favoured child, to its bosom; or repulsed as a stranger, and a changeling?

184 XXXII A Republic of Prairie Dogs. The Owl, Harbinger of Dawn. A Hunter's Bridge. Arrival at the Garrison. 208 Map Showing Irving's Route. xl Page xiii Foreword By Richard Batman Washington Irving's A Tour on the Prairies came about, at least in part, because of a happy series of accidental meetings. In the spring of 1832, Irving left Europe to return to the United States on the packet ship Havre, and while on board, met the Englishman Charles Latrobe and his Swiss traveling companion, Count Albert-Alexandre de Pourtales.

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