Has anyone seen “Thompson’s Complete Guide to the New Gold Regions”?Reader challenge: There’s a frontier-era Chinuk Wawa vocabulary that I’ve never laid eyes on, nor heard about till recently…
It was published the same year as George Gibbs’s influential vocabulary, so I’m guessing it’s based on sources independent of him.
The title is:
Thompson’s complete guide to the new gold regions of upper Missouri, Deer Lodge, Beaver Head, Nez Percés, Salmon River, Boise River, Powder River, John Day, Cariboo, etc., etc., etc. : containing tables of distances, camping places, many words of the Blackfoot and Flat Head languages, and the complete Chinook Jargon …
(Apparently the same guy wrote “A Tenderfoot in Montana”, which might be interesting to us as well. For sure, a fair bit is known about his life; he designed the state seal of Montana Territory and once he was even a bridesmaid!)
More info on “Thompson’s Complete Guide”, from Worldcat:
Author: Francis M Thompson
Publisher: St. Louis : Published by R.P. Studley, for H.M. Thompson, 1863.
Series: Western Americana, frontier history of the trans-Mississippi West, 1550-1900, reel 532, no. 5361.
Edition/Format: Book Microform : Microfilm : Master microform : EnglishView all editions and formats
Gold mines and mining — Northwest, Pacific.
Gold mines and mining.
Library Held formats Distance
Washington State University
Holland and Terrell Libraries
Pullman, WA 99164 United States
University of Idaho Library
Moscow, ID 83844 United States
University of Montana, Mansfield Library
Missoula, MT 59812 United States
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
Montana Historical Society Library
Helena, MT 59620 United States
Microform not held; 1 other formats
Lewis & Clark College
Aubrey R. Watzek Library
Portland, OR 97219 United States
Several of those are day-trip distance from my Spokane base — but Covid-19 means I probably can’t visit them any time soon!