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Miscellanies in Prose and Verse
London: John Ridgway, 1791. 181,[4]pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. (Light spotting in latter part of text, a few light dampstains to lower corner). Later marbled wrappers, chemise (inscribed by Frank T. Siebert "Dr. Rosenbach says the finest copy he has ever seen,") half morocco and cloth case. With the Morris Journal of the Pontiac War: the Herschel V. Jones-Rosenbach-C.G. Littell-Frank T. Siebert copy. The seemingly slight title makes no mention of Captain Morris' journal which was kept while an Indian captive during the Pontiac War between August and late September 1764. "On pages 1 to 39, [Morris] gives his narrative of the incidents of his hazardous mission to Pontiac, a savage general, who in a six weeks' campaign, overthrew the British authority in all the territories of the northwest. Captain Morris accepted the service at the request of General Bradstreet, sensible that to place himself in the power of the vindictive Indian chief, was little short of a sentence to death. General Bradstreet, who had the ill luck to bear a reputation too great for his capacity, had the additional misfortune of seldom knowing what he really wanted. Captain Morris, by the combined force of good fortune, and good conduct, escaped the perils which inclosed his course and seemed irresistibly to close behind him and forbid his return to life. With the fire kindled around the stake to which he was tied, he was more than once rescued at the last minute" ( Field). According to Dr. Siebert's note, "Plenty rare." Ayer 208; Field 1095; Howes M833; Sabin 50876; Thomson 854.
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