Ten Years of Methodist Missions in Oregon 1834-44, New York, 1844, With Folding Map, 1st Edition
LEE, DANIEL, & JOSEPH H. FROST. Ten Years in Oregon. By D. Lee and J.H. Frost, Late of the Oregon Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church. [Engr. of "The Albatross."] New-York: Published for the Authors: 200 Mulberry-Street. J. Collord, Printer. 1844. 12mo. 11.7 x 18.3 x 2.7cm(binding), 11.1 x 17.7 x 2.1cm(book block). $525.00
The genesis of the Oregon Methodist Mission was four men of Nez Perce and Bitterroot Salish or Flathead tribes traveling to St. Louis in 1832 and requesting that missionaries be sent to Oregon. The Methodist Episcopal Church responded in 1834 sending Jason Lee, his nephew Daniel Lee and several others across the continent in 1834. They established the Willamette Mission in the Willamette Valley. The Mission included the founding of the Indian Manual Labor Training School, which was the forerunner of Willamette University, the first college formed west of the Rockies. "As he (Jason Lee) encouraged Christian families from the East to migrate to the Northwest, he actively advocated that American political sovereignty be extended in the region of present-day Washington and Oregon states. His successful efforts to have the British-American boundary dispute resolved in favor of the American position brought him into controversy with fellow missionaries, who succeeded in persuading the Methodist Episcopal mission board to replace him as superintendent."--Anderson: Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, "Jason Lee" p. 391. "Daniel Lee co-worker with his Uncle, coauthored Ten Years in Oregon (1844), an important history of the Oregon mission..."--ibid, "Daniel Lee" p. 391. "A minute and doubtless veracious journal of incidents of an arduous mission among the Northwestern Indians, with vocabularies of their dialect."--Catalogue of the Library Belonging to Mr. Thomas W. Field, 1875, #1308. Sabin: Dict. of Books Relating to America #39724.
Bound contemporary tree-calf with red morocco label, light rubbing, one very small worm hole in front hinge, scattered worm holes in surface of front cover leather, black speckled page edges, medium to heavy foxing throughout, otherwise good+ condition.
Collation: 1-1412, 154. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, -6 preface, -11 contents, (1) blank, -344pp. Folding map: "A Sketch of the Columbia River, and Adjacent Country," facing title, 17.7 x 22.2cm. The map shows "Vancouvers Island" and "Fort Coville," in the north, with "Ft. Walla Walla," "Ft. Vancouver," to "Mt Shasty" in the south--and of course the Wilmet mission. Woodcut on title page of "The Albatross" on water with birds,clouds & land in background; 7.6 x 5.5cm. Woodcut of "Chenook Canoe" on bottom of p.11 (last p. of contents), 7.5 x 2cm. (17929)
19th Century Books, Leather Bindings, Americana, American Church History, Methodism, Missions, Indians, Flat Head Indians, Nex Perce Indians, Bitterroot Salish Indians, Oregon, Washington State, Willamette Mission