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The younger clerk recounts lifestyles and manners within the components the place he lived and labored: the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Russian Alaska, and Spanish dominions in California and Mexico.

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94-95, 123-24. 9. Stanley T. Williams, The Life of Washington Irving, 2 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1935), I, 103-107. 10. Eugene A. Hoffman, Genealogy of the Hoffman Family: Descendants of Martin Hoffman (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1899), p. 12; hereafter, Hoffman, Hoffman Genealogy. 11. Columbia University Alumni Register, 1754-1931 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1932), p. 788. 12. Alexander Ross, Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia Page 22 River, ed. Milo Milton Quaife (Chicago: Donnelly [1923]), pp.

30). He had been led to take such a difficult course to securing a competency by, as he termed it, "the distressing emergencies of the times" (p. 29), especially his father's business reverses. The years after the resumption of war in Europe in 1803 were anything but normal for American commerce, and the efforts of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (1801-1817) to deny American goods and markets to the principal antagonists, Great Britain and France, who interfered with American neutral traders, served only to complicate the situation further.

He had been led to take such a difficult course to securing a competency by, as he termed it, "the distressing emergencies of the times" (p. 29), especially his father's business reverses. The years after the resumption of war in Europe in 1803 were anything but normal for American commerce, and the efforts of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (1801-1817) to deny American goods and markets to the principal antagonists, Great Britain and France, who interfered with American neutral traders, served only to complicate the situation further.

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