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COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING THE AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: BEING AN AUXILIARY TO A REPORT MADE BY WILLIAM STRICKLAND... [bound with:] COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING THE AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE OF AMERICA: CONTAINING OBSERVATIONS ON THE COMMERCE OF SPAIN WITH HER AMERICAN COLONIES IN TIME OF WAR. [bound with:] AUXILIARY REMARKS ON AN ESSAY ON THE 'COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGES OF OXEN FOR TILLAGE IN COMPETITION WITH HORSES.'
London. 1800, 1800, 1801.. xii,153,[2],[4]; viii,120; [2],53,[1]pp. plus engraved frontispiece to the first work showing the "Hemp Mill at Stover's Town Virginia." Antique half calf and marbled boards. Very clean, near fine. A sammelband of three rare works by William Tatham, English geographer and engineer who left Cumberland for Virginia to seek his fortune in 1769. In 1776, he moved to the Watauga settlement in the Tennessee country and fought on the American side in the Revolutionary War until 1781. Later, he wrote a topographical study of Virginia, then returned to England to publish a number of works on agricultural and engineering subjects (including the three works here). In the first of these works, COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING THE AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..., Tatham critiques Strickland by noting the "mistaken suspicion" that "everything written concerning America must be directed to stimulate emigration to that country." Tatham uses his extensive topographical knowledge and many years of living and working in America to provide a detailed and wide-ranging report on the state of American agriculture. The work includes sections on "the moral Evil of Slavery," the American cultivation of clover seed, tobacco, wheat, hemp, and the best use of horses and cattle. It concludes with a two- page appendix titled "Mr. Jefferson's Opinion upon the Establishment of an American naval force." This text is taken from Jefferson's NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA and begins with the rallying cry, "The sea is the field on which we should meet an European enemy." It continues with an assessment of how an improved Navy could be funded. Rare, with only six institutional copies recorded. The second work, COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING THE AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE OF AMERICA: CONTAINING OBSERVATIONS ON THE COMMERCE OF SPAIN WITH HER AMERICAN COLONIES IN TIME OF WAR, is an examination of American agricultural commerce with regard to Spain, "written by a Spanish gentleman in Philadelphia." Latham is credited as the editor on the titlepage, with both Howes and Sabin attributing authorship to Carlos Martinez de Yrujo y Tacon. Martizez de Yrujo was the Spanish minister to the United States from 1796 to 1807, and was a well- respected figure among the diplomatic corps in Philadelphia and Washington. His work here includes two papers on Louisiana, and one specifically devoted to Havana, Cuba. Rare. OCLC only records eight copies. An especially interesting feature of the second work is found in Tatham's "An Account of the Country of Ouachita. Transmitted from a Foreign Traveller at New Orleans, in 1795," found at pp.99-110. In this section, Tathamn records impressions of this "Foreign Traveller," as well as another account by a "French Emigrant," on lands west of the Mississippi River that we now know of as Arkansas and Texas. These accounts touch on the mysterious ancient inhabitants who once lived here, the abundance of food, including maize, rice, potatoes, pumpkins, and other foods that "come to great perfection here," the trees, the wildlife, the minerals, and the fish that swell the rivers. Of particular Texas interest is mention on pp. 105-106 of the Red River, and of the ease of buying cattle in the Ouachita area, because of its "proximity to Taxas [sic], a province of Mexico abounding with these kinds of cattle for want of purchasers." This is an extraordinarily early mention of Texas in the English language, and until this time seemingly unnoticed in the scholarship, even by Streeter. The third work, AUXILIARY REMARKS ON AN ESSAY ON THE "COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGES OF OXEN FOR TILLAGE IN COMPETITION WITH HORSES," compares the labor benefits of oxen and horses. Not in ESTC. Very rare, with only two copies in OCLC. SABIN 94407. HOWES M352, "aa." JCB III:4131. ESTC T53524, T53570. OCLC 166612674, 318814086, 38658648.
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