Yr American, yr hwn yn cynnwys nodauar daith o ddyffryn Ohio i Gymru, Golwg ar Dalaeth Ohio; Hanes Sefydliadau Cymreig yn America; cyfarwyddiadau i ymofynwyr cyn y daith, ar y daith, ac yn y wlad … yr ail argraffiad [i.e. The American: which includes notes on a journey from Ohio Valley to Wales, an overview of Ohio State, the history of Welsh organisations in America, instructions to seekers before the journey, during the journey, and in the country. The second edition]. Llanfwst, Gan John Jones, 1840.

[The second edition]. Llanfwst, Gan John Jones, 1840.

8vo, pp. 48, a little bit browned, but very good condition, bound in the original green publisher’s printed wrappers.


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Second edition, but first procurable one (see below), of Chidlaw’s comprehensive guidebook about Ohio State aimed at Welsh people considering immigration to the United States. The Welsh had started settling in Ohio in 1796, and by the 1830s ever greater numbers arrived in Ohio. The immigration guide gives a description of the state’s landscape, its schools and colleges, the government and the religious sects. There is much on the numerous Welsh communities already settled and established in Ohio. There is advice what land to buy and what to cultivate. There is chapter devoted to the preparations for the Atlantic crossing and what to include in ones luggage. This book teems with essential and very practical advice to anyone intending to cross the Atlantic and settle in Ohio.

Chidlaw gives descriptions of towns and Welsh communities settlements such as Cincinnati, Columbus, Radnor, Owl Creek, Palmyra, Gallia and Jackson, Putnam, Paddy’s Run (where Chidlaw lived, was brought up, and worked for the American Sunday School Union), Utica, Deerfield, Floyd, Pittsburg, Ebensburg, Pottsville. Chidlaw outlines the best journey to Ohio; a journey from New York to Utica and Ohio, or a journey to Cincinnati through Pennsylvania. There is also a description of the Mississippi valley at the end.

The work was only published in Welsh at the time. On the verso of the title-page: ‘Notice. I have disposed of my book called “The American” to Mr. J. Jones, printer, Llanrwst, and grant him all the right and claim to the same. B.W. Chidlaw, A.M. Paddy’s Run, Ohio’. The first edition was published in Llanfair in 1839 and is very scarce; with only a seriously incomplete copy known in Cardiff.

Goldsmiths’-Kress no. 31327; Streeter (sale 1967), no. 1377; Graff 692; not in Thomson, Sabin, or Howes.

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