FRANCIS PARKMAN (1823-93) HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "F. Parkman", 2 pgs., 4.5 x 7, on the American historians personal letterhead "50 Chestnut Street", Boston, 6 Jun 1890, by the author most famous for his books The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Mountain Life and his seven-volume France and England in North America. The letter has great content that mentions a passage from The Oregon Trail and "The Siege of Louisbourg" from his Montcalm and Wolfe, the sixth volume of his seven volume history, the book he considered his masterpiece. He was also well known as a horticulturist and wrote several books on the subject as well as taught it at Harvard University. In fine condition.
Montcalm and Wolfe is the sixth volume in Francis Parkman's seven-volume history, France and England in North America, originally published in 1884. It tells the story of the French and Indian War. Its title refers to Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and James Wolfe, the commanding generals of the French and English forces respectively and to whom the book devotes particular attention. Parkman considered the book his masterpiece.
'The Siege of Louisbourg' in Montcalm and Wolfe" mentioned in the letter refers to a pivotal battle in the French and Indian War/Seven Year' War (1754-63) that changed Canadian history forever. The military might of the British and French empires collide in a desperate bid to control the key strategic Fortress of Louisbourg and, in turn, Quebec and French-held North America.
Re his letterhead: In 1865 Parkman built a house at 50 Chestnut Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, which has since become a National Historic Landmark.