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- WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA,

AND OF THE WEST,

AND OF

WESTERN EXPEDITIONS AND CAMPAIGNS,

FROM

MDCCLIV TO MDCCCXXXIII.

BY A GENTLEMAN OF THE BAR.

WITH AN APPENDIX,

CONTAINING,

BESIDES COPIOUS EXTRACTS FROM IMPORTANT INDIAN 7RÇATIES, MINUTES
OF CONFERENCES, JOURNALS, ETC., A TOPOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE
COUNTIES OF ALLEGHENY, WESTMORELAND, WASHINGTON, SOMER-

SET, GREENE, FAYETTE, BEAVER, BUTLER, ARMSTRONG, ETC.

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ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846, by

DANIEL W. KAUFFMAN, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of

Pennsylvania. Theo: Fenn, Printer, Harrisburg, Pa.

PUBLISHER'S NOTICE.

The Publisher, in issuing the following Work, takes this occasion to state, that the materials were collected and placed in the hands of a gentleman of the Legal Profession, early in the Spring. Owing to the ill health of that gentleman, and the pressing engagements incident to his profession, he found it impossible to write the work; and the Publisher, late in the Summer was obliged to make other arrangements. He was, however, fortunate in obtaining the services of a gentleman of the Harrisburg Bar, whose literary acquirements, undoubted capacity, and great industry, has enabled him to issue the work without a moments delay on his part, and in a manner which will be found to be highly satisfactory.

It is confidently believed, that it will be found to be the most perfeci, full and ably written “ Early History of Western Pennsylvania, -of the - West, and Western Expeditons," that has yet been publiéhro; and that the publisher's promise to his subscribers has been more than culfiiled:• When the Proposals were issued, it was contemplated to publish it in duodecino forrà, in seven hundred and fisty pages ; but at the suggestion of the gentleman who collected the materials, it has been enlarged to an octavo form, and seven hundred and sixtyeight pages; thus increasing the reading matter, more than one-third, without any additional charge to the subscribers. Besides, by a reference to the pages, and the following extract from the PROPOSALS, it will be seen that the work is much more full than was originally intended.

“ The work now in progress, the result of much research, offered for public patronage, will, as its title imports, embrace the early History of the first visits of Europeans to the Mississippi Valley, and to the West of Pennsylvania, all the principal Early Settlements on the Ohio, and its severel tributaries; a detailed account of the causes that led to the French War, and the Indian Wars; the formation and progress of the Ohio Land Company, 1748; Conrad Weiser's

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