We have written about F. B. Sanborn (What is an American?). In TMM, Vol. IX, No. 2, pg 163, F. B. wrote about Hector St. John (namesake of St. John's, VT). Hector was here for a while, got caught in the Revolution, was captured by the Brits, taken back to England, and then got back to his folks in France. There, he wrote retrospectives of what he saw. They were immensely popular due to his first hand experience. Of note is that he experienced the time of turmoil and that he had a good opinion of the U.S. (which was to be). People on the continent were interested in what was going on. A little later, the French had their own revolution.
There have been some interesting looks at Hector and kindred souls. This is an example of a few works concerning Hector.
- Hector's first work: Letters from an American farmer.
- Describing Early America - compilation by Pamela Regis. Includes an essay by Hector.
- Crevecoeur's Eighteenth-Century Travels in Pennyslvania & New York, translated/edited by Percy G. Adams. The following is the Table of Contents.
|I. A trip up the Hudson
II. Colonel Woodhull of Schunnemunk Valley
III. A tour of the chief ironworks of New York
IV. In the backwoods of Pennsylvania -
the schoolteacher from Connecticut - a
Northumberland county pioneer
V. In the backwoods of Pennsylvania -
at the home of a Polish refugee in Luzerne County
VI. Lost on a bee hunt in Bedford County
VII. The bachelor farmer of Cherry Valley
VIII. The Indian Council at Onondaga -
IX. The Indian Council at Onondaga -
the great debate between Kesketomah and Koohassen
X. A winter among the Mohawks, or, The story of Catta-Wassy
XI. Niagara in Winter
XII. Agouehghon, the Coohassa-Onas of Niagara
XIII. Two Indian tales
XIV. Wabemat's Reward, or, Why the first beaver was made
XV. The use made of salt in American, and, The mountain pasture lands
TOC for TGA Vol IV, No 1.