Proceedings of the Buckeye Celebration, in Commemoration of the Day on which General St. Clair Named ‘Fort Hamilton;’ at Hamilton, Ohio, on the Thirtieth Day of September, 1835. Ohio, William Bebb.

Proceedings of the Buckeye Celebration, in Commemoration of the Day on which General St. Clair Named ‘Fort Hamilton;’ at Hamilton, Ohio, on the Thirtieth Day of September, 1835.

[Cincinnati? n. p. 1835]. First edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet (lacks wrappers), 60 pages. First and last leaf a little soiled and foxed; small light stain to the lower margin of the first six leaves; small marginal tear to the fore-edge of one leaf, not touching text; a very good copy. Item #13841

An uncommon early Ohio work, the resolutions and proceedings of a public meeting held in Hamilton, Ohio, in celebration of the establishment (in 1791) of Fort Hamilton. The centerpiece of the grand occasion (which included a procession to the original site of the fort and a series of festive toasts) was the oration from Butler County native William Bebb, who provides a detailed look at life in the region in 1791 and a comparison to the strides made in the subsequent 44 years: “The horrid yells of the war-dance, the eloquence of the council, the calumet of peace, the unearthly pow-wow of the medicine man, are seen and heard no more; but in their stead, the polished ball, and classic stage, halls of legislation, courts of justice, and temples of Christian worship.” Wessen notes, “Daniel Drake, Tom Corwin, Judge Hall had accepted invitations but were not present; however most of the great dignitaries of the Midwest were on hand; including William Henry Harrison [who delivered an address not included here]; Benjamin Drake; Peyton S. Symmes; Nicholas Longworth; and Morgan Neville. The famous Indian Agent, John Johnston, wrote a three page letter; which is printed in full.” Also includes a specimen of commendatory Midwestern verse from an unnamed poetess of Lancaster, O. Morgan 6; American Imprints 32033 & 33855; Rusk vol. 2, page 286; Midland Notes 14:82 & 91:358.

Price: $225.00

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