Contents

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Preface

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pp. v-viii

T IDS BOOK presents for the first time in unabridged form John Ledyard's available writings about his journey across Russia and Siberia in 1787-88. My aim in editing these papers . . .

Illustrations

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pp. xi-xi

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

Introduction

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1. A Biographical Sketch

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pp. 3-31

JOHN LEDYARD in all probability was the first explorer who came to consider himself a native son of the North American continent and a citizen of the young United States . . .

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2. The Siberian Journey: Significance and Problems of Interpretation

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pp. 33-52

FEW IMPORTANT Americans preceded Ledyard to Russia; none of them left valuable accounts of their stay. The first was Francis Dana, minister of the Continental Congress to . . .

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3. Siberia in the Eighteenth Century

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pp. 53-80

AS BACKGROUND for following Ledyard's journey through Siberia, I shall here briefly summarize general developments and conditions throughout this vast subcontinent . . .

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4. The History and Editing of the Papers

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pp. 81-87

THE CHIEF SOURCE of information about Ledyard's journey through Russia and Siberia is the journal he kept from the time of his departure from St. Petersburg on . . .

The Journal and the Letters

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Letters and Other Documents Written before Ledyard's Departure and during the Journey Eastward: February 1786–December 18/29, 1787

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pp. 91-141

it appears that no one has been concerned at all about getting the voyage underway which I had spoken of to the marshal . . .

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The Siberian Journal: June 1787–April 1788

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pp. 142-232

June 1st 1787} After having been three months in Petersburg, I left it in company with Mr William Brown physician, who was going as far as the Province of Kolyvan to . . .

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Letters and Other Documents Written after the Order for Ledyard's Arrest Was Issued: December 18/29, 1787–1821

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pp. 233-261

At Yakutsk we found, to our great surprise, Mr. Ledyard, an old companion of Captain Billings, in Cook's voyage round the world; he then served in the capacity of a . . .

Bibliography/Index Page

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Bibliography

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pp. 265-279

Index

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pp. 281-293