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Kellogg, Louise Phelps, d. 1942 "The mission of Jonathan Carver"


The Mission of Jonathan Carver: This article attempts to untangle the degree to which the famous travel book by Jonathan Carver (1710-1780) was plagiarized, and responds to assaults on Carver’s trustworthiness and motives by contemporary historians. It is based largely on a transcription of Carver's private journals recently obtained by the Minnesota Historical Society. Much of it describes the travels of Carver and his partner, Maj. Robert Rogers (1731-1795), through the western Great Lakes in the years 1766-1768, and attempts to distinguish truthful claims in his texts from fraudulent ones. The author concludes that, while Carver generally told the truth in his published book, he often failed to tell the entire truth, and distorted crucial parts of his story. It also includes a reproduction of Indian pictographs Carver copied into his journal at the mouth of the Chippewa River. (20 pages)

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Citation: Kellogg, Louise Phelps, d. 1942 "The mission of Jonathan Carver" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 12 /Issue: 2 (1928-1929)

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