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Letters from an American Farmer (Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science) Paperback – October 24, 2005

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  • Series: Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (October 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486444082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486444086
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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J. Hector St.John de Crevecoeur was an American farmer like Audubon was a fella who painted some birds. He was born in France in 1739, an aristocrat, educated thoroughly by Jesuits, travelled first to England and then to New France, joining Montcalm. After Quebec fell, the young soldier, now using St. John as his surname, entered the British colonies. In 1769, he wed the happily named Mehitable Tippett, with whom he eventually had three children. He bought farmland, cleared and planted, became a plant-finder for Philadelphia botanist John Bertram, turned his hand to business, waxed prosperously & uxuriously until he found himself so out of sympathy with the revolutionary spirit, he had to flee this country.

Back in France---and improbable as the tale may be, 'tis true---St. John came under the wings of the charming ex-mistress of Rousseau, the Dear Friend also of Benjamin Franklin, and a Very Dear Friend of his own father, Madame D'Houdetot. This kind lady obtained an Ambassadorship to New York for her protégée. Time and political tides tossed him about between countries. He died in France in 1813, leaving progeny & grand-progeny in the United States and a legacy to us of stories, history, adventures, and opinions, from a keen observer with a brilliant quill and considerable experience.

These splendid letters are addressed to his friend in France, one Abbe Reynal, who was conveniently interested in all things American.
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It arrived on time. My daughter needed it for her college classes and she waited to the last minute. Could not find it in any of the book stores. Off to college with her books.
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If you are seriously interested in American History, then order this. However, other than interesting observations on early bee keeping and bird hunting (I'm being serious and laudatory)this is just a useful addendum to your knowledge.
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By jere on March 10, 2016
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good job
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