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John Ledyard's Journey through Russia and Siberia, 1787–1788

The Journal and Selected Letters

Stephen D. Watrous

Publication Year: 2011

Stephen D. Watrous provides a complete volume of pertinent information by and about John Ledyard, one of the most amazing explorers of all time. Including Ledyard’s own journal, letters between him and others, particularly Thomas Jefferson, and biographical information on eighteenth-century Siberia, Watrous offers an exceptional look at history, geography, and travel.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

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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 . . .


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p. xi-xi

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv


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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 . . .


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pp. 265-279


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pp. 281-293

E-ISBN-13: 9780299042233
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299042240

Page Count: 308
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1st paperback

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  • Russia -- Description and travel.
  • Siberia (Russia) -- Discovery and exploration.
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