Publisher: N.P., n.d., but circa 1850-60.
Condition: Vertical tear on the first leaf, extending several inches into the text without loss; some browning to the first leaf and small damp-stain in the lower portion of the first seven leaves, but not pronounced; a few leaves slightly dog-eared in very good condition.
Book ID: 28581
Description13 leaves, 32 x 20 cm, neatly written in ink on the rectos only, approximately 3600 words, several corrections in the same holograph. No date, but probably from the middle of the 19th century.
CommentsAn historical tale in four chapters, in the manner of James Fenimore Cooper and William Gilmore Simms, about the annihilation of the last of the Erie Indian tribe at the hands of their adversaries, the Seneca. In somewhat flowery prose, the author, writing under the pseudonym “Leon,” tells the story of how the Erie were driven from the shores of Lake Erie by the Seneca and other members of a confederation; they make a last stand on a hill near village on the Allegheny River, where their chief, Nih-ah-gwa and his wife Owi prepare to die, along with the last of their people. “Leon” begins the story with a short poem: "Their struggles are oer; their battles are ended; / No more with time's echoes, their war cry is blended; / To the tomb, dark and silent, all have descended." Apparently unpublished, and though not dated, there is a revealing reference to the pending conflict between the North and the South and slavery, suggesting that this story was written within proximity of but prior to the Civil War.