Item #42079 Statement Respecting The Earl of Selkirk's Settlement upon The Red River, in North America; Its Destruction, In the Years 1815 and 1816; and The Massacre of Governor Semple and His Party. With Observations upon a recent publication, entitled "A Narrative of Occurrences in the Indian Countries," &c. John HALKETT.

Statement Respecting The Earl of Selkirk's Settlement upon The Red River, in North America; Its Destruction, In the Years 1815 and 1816; and The Massacre of Governor Semple and His Party. With Observations upon a recent publication, entitled "A Narrative of Occurrences in the Indian Countries," &c.

London. John Murray. 1817. 8vo. 22.7cm, first published edition, [viii],194,c,[4],p. (appendix) and publisher's ads., complete with half title and engraved folding frontis map by Arrowsmith, untrimmed in the original boards with paper label, fade spot on the spine and one small chip on the bottom front corner, expertly restored, a fine copy in the original boards, rare. (cgc). Item #42079

Sabin 20704. Peel (3)-91. Lande 1206. T.P.L. 1093. The first published edition, with an enlarged appendix containing further evidence, pp.lxic; also a new section. The book was first privately printed by the author in the same year. "This book was first printed for private circulation probably towards the end of 1816. A small number of copies were printed for limited distribution among Selkirk's friends and others interested in his enterprise. Halkett was Selkirk's brother-in-law and this is his defence of the Red River settlement against the aggressions of the North West Company that lead to the destruction of the colony in the massacre at Seven Oaks in 1816. This work was followed by a reply on behalf of the N.W.Co. `A Narrative of Occurrences in the Indian Countries' published anonymously. To counter those statements which were considered misrepresentations, a second enlarged edition of Halkett's `Statement' was prepared and published by John Murray in the same year. Following the Statements p.[1] -125 is an appendix p.[i],-c,[100] containing legal evidence in support of Selkirk's case against the Northwest Co.". Halkett asks if extensive regions in British North America may ever be settled, and if British subjects there are to be denied the protection of British laws.

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