1857. Item #75400
GLADSTONE, T[homas]. H. THE ENGLISHMAN IN KANSAS: OR, SQUATTER LIFE AND BORDER WARFARE. With an introduction, by Fred. Law Olmsted. New York: Miller & Company, 1857. First American edition. 12mo. lv,328 pp. In a worn publisher's binding of blue cloth which is sunned at spine, chipped at heel, crown and top joint. The bookblock is overopened at either end and a bit loose in binding. Pencil bracketing of text throughout, and with numerous pencil notes on endpapers and blanks. An acceptable reading copy, it is offered as is. (Howes G199, Sabin 27528). Gladstone, a journalist for the London Times, presents a contemporary picture of life and politics in Kansas in 1856 based upon his own experience and observations, as well as other newspaper accounts. According to Larned (Literature of American History, no. 2038), it is accurate, well-written and Free-Soil in its sympathies. Olmsted's intorduction deals with the condition of southern slavery.