Belleville, Ill. N.A. Randall, 1852. 8vo. 348 pp. FIRST EDITION. Rebound in half-calf over marbled boards, author and title in gilt on spine; interior foxed due to paper stock. Item #16963
First edition. Reynolds (1788-1865), a former governor of Illinois, focuses on the early history of the territory which ultimately became the state of Illinois. His primary sources were early pioneers still living (Streeter). A comprehensive look into the development of this part of America.
Reynolds was governor from 1830-1834. The Black Hawk War occurred during his administration. He called out the militia, and was field commander, often appearing in person on the battle-grounds. He was recognized by President Andrew Jackson as Major-General, and was authorized to make treaties with the Indians.