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A MAP AND A GEOGRAPHICAL VIEW OF THOSE COUNTRIES.

By Robert Greenhow,

TRANSLATOR AND LIBRARIAN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

FEBRUARY 10, 1840.
Submitted by Mr. Linn, from the Select Committee on the Oregon Territory; and ordered

to be printed, and that 2,500 additional copies be sent to the Senate.

WASHINGTON:

BLAIR AND RIVES, PRINTERS,

1840.

PREFACE.

The following correspondence, between the Chairman of the Committee of the Senate on the Oregon Territory and the Secretary of State, together with extracts from the Journal of the Senate, will serve to show the circumstances under which this Memoir has been written and published.

WASHINGTON, January 25, 1840. Sir: I am informed that your department is in possession of much information relating to the territory of Oregon, its geography, resources, and the title of the United States to the same. If consistent with your duty, I would be pleased to be put in possession of such papers and documents as you may think proper to send me, requesting that you will mark such as you would rather not have printed or made public.

Your obedient servant,

L. F. LINN,
Chairman of the Select Committee

on the Territory of Oregon. Hon. John FORSYTH, Secretary of State.

Answer.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, January 25, 1840. Sir: I have had the honor to receive your letter of this day's date, asking for information relative to the territory of Oregon, its geography and resources, and the title of the United States to the same. Mr. Greenhow, the translator and librarian of this department, has been for some time past, by my direction, employed in collecting and arranging historical information on the subject of the northwestern coasts of America; I send you the result of his labors, and submit it to the discretion of the committee to be printed or not, as they may think most advisable. Not having had the leisure to compare the statements in the Memoir with the various works and documents upon which they are founded, I can vouch only for the zeal, industry, and good faith of Mr. Greenhow, by whom they were prepared.

I am, sir, your most obedient servant,

JOHN FORSYTH,

Secretary of State. Hon. LEWIS F. LINN,

Senator of the United States.

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