Astorian adventure: the journal of Alfred Seton, 1811-1815 by Robert F. Jones

By Robert F. Jones

The younger clerk recounts existence and manners within the parts the place he lived and labored: the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Russian Alaska, and Spanish dominions in California and Mexico.

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Finally, in May 1812, a tentative agreement was signed by which the two companies promised not to trade in the other's territory, the boundaries of which were left undefined. The Pacific Fur Company received a trading monopoly at Sitka and promised not to trade weapons with the Indians and to carry the Russian company's furs to Canton. By the time Astor signed the agreement in December 1812, the British-American war, which would seriously damage the Pacific Fur Company's chances for survival, let alone profit, was already six months old.

2. Author's dashes at the end of sentences are replaced by a period. 3. Abbreviations and contractions are generally spelled out, except for those still in common use (months, proper names, titles) and those readily intelligible from the context. 4. , wch appears as which; Capt appears as Capt. No punctuation is added. 5. The ampersand&remains. 6. Missing or illegible matter in the manuscript appears as . . Because of the journal's poor condition, many words are wholly or partially missing or are obscured by stains.

New York, 1838. William Clark's map of the mouth of the Columbia, c. 1806. Courtesy of the American Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia. Neg. number 913. Page x View of Fort Astoria, from West Shore Magazine, February 22, 1890. Oregon Historical Society, #OrHi 691. The Northwest at the Time of Lewis and Clark, 1805-1806, from Alvin M. , The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965. Reprinted with permission of Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. Count Alexander Baranov.

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