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WYOMING;

ITS

HISTORY, STIRRING INCIDENTS, AND

ROMANTIC ADVENTURES.

BY GEORGE PECK, D. D.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS.

NEW YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

FRANKLIN SQUARE.

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight, by

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in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District

of New York.

PREFACE.

THE present work is composed of a brief history of Wyoming, followed by a series of historic scenes, which constitute natural amplifications of the general outline. Each story is a complete picture in itself, and yet is a necessary part of the whole. The plan has the advantage of presenting independent views of the historic drama from many different stand-points. Our heroes not only reflect the lights and shades of their own character and actions, but give us their separate versions of the eventful scenes through which they passed.

Forty years since we first visited Wyoming, and from that period we have enjoyed rare advantages for the study of its history. How we have improved our opportunities will appear in the work which we now present to the public. . Our object has been strict conformity to historic truth, and we have spared no pains in the collection of facts, and in their study and exposition.

The events herein recorded constitute a part of the wonderful history of the early development and fearful struggles of America, and we believe they will not fall behind any portion of that story in exciting in

terest.

With the diffidence which a profound sense of the difficulties to be overcome in the execution of such a work naturally inspires, we publish the result of our

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