Letters From An American Farmer By Hector St. John De Crevecoeur



















































































































































 -  Having been forced
to make railroads, it has been deemed impossible that we should make
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Having Been Forced To Make Railroads, It Has Been Deemed Impossible That We Should Make Verse." But Here Was Saint-

John de Crevecoeur writing, in the eighteenth century, his idyllic Letters, while, if he did not build railways, he interested

Himself in the experiments of Fitch and Rumsey and Parmentier, and organised a packet-line between New York and Lorient, in Brittany. This Crevecoeur should from the first have appealed to the imagination - especially to the American imagination- -combining as he did the faculty of the ideal and the achievement of the actual. It is not too late for him to appeal to-day; in spite of all his quaintness, Crevecoeur is a contemporary of our own.

WARREN BARTON BLAKE.

BRADFORD HILLS, WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA.

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Letters from an American Farmer (London), 1782, 1783; (Dublin), 1782; (Belfast), 1783; (Philadelphia), 1793; (New York), 1904; (London), 1908; translated into French (with gratuitous additions) as Lettres d'un cultivateur Americain (Paris), 1784 and 1787; into German as Briefe eines Amerikanischen Landmanns (Leipzig), 1788, 1789. Voyage dans la Haute Pensylvanie et dans l'etat de New York (Paris), 1801.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION by Warren Barton Blake

LETTER

I. INTRODUCTION

II. ON THE SITUATION, FEELINGS, AND PLEASURES OF AN AMERICAN FARMER

III. WHAT IS AN AMERICAN

IV. DESCRIPTION OF THE ISLAND OF NANTUCKET, WITH THE MANNERS, CUSTOMS, POLICY, AND TRADE OF THE INHABITANTS

V. CUSTOMARY EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OF THE INHABITANTS OF NANTUCKET

VI. DESCRIPTION OF THE ISLAND OF MARTHA'S VINEYARD, AND OF THE WHALE FISHERY

VII.

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