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Clips and images from this book are from the Google Books edition scanned from a volume from the Harvard College Library.  Their scanned copy publisher was New York: Harper Brothers, Publishers, Franklin Square,  1862.

The quality of the scan varies greatly with many errors of punctuation and character recognition.  I attempted to validate the clips using an edition from The Narrative Press, 2003.  Theirs is reportedly a scan of the first edition from Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, London, 1861.  The Narrative Press edition suffers from a lack of proof reading.

I eventually found Fawn M. Brodie's edition from New York Alfred A Knopf, 1963.  This is my preferred edition for reading and a source of much material about Richard F. Burton.

"The City of the Saints" is heavy utilized in "Twain's Geography" because of Burton's travel dialogue.  Much of this book, however, contains much of additional interest not included in this project.  Chapter II - The Sioux or Dakotas: takes up pages 95 to 130 in the Google Books edition; pages 104-144 in the Brodie edition.  Salt Lake City, the reason for Burton's journey, is discussed in eight chapters: pages 203 to 443 in the Google Books edition; pages 224 to 496 in the Brodie edition.   Chapter XIII, pages 473-479 contains discussion of the "Utah Territory Indians".

Reference Type
Burton, Richard F.
Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts
Published Year
Among the Mormons and Across the Rocky Mountains to California

Why I went to Great Salt Lake City:

The United States territory lying in direct line between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean is now about 1200 miles long from north to south, by 1500 of breadth, in 49° and 82° N. lat., about equal to Equatorial Africa, and 1800 in N. lat. 88°. The great uncultivable belt of plain and mountain region through which the Pacific Railroad must run has a width of 1100 statute miles near the northern boundary; in the central line, 1200; and through the southern, 1000. Humboldt justly ridiculed the “maddest natural philosopher” who compared the American con-

The Various Routes:

As all the world knows, there are three main lines proposed for a ‘Pacific Railroad” between the Mississippi and the Western Ocean, the Northern, Central, and Southern.

Tuesday,, 7th of August, 1860.

Precisely at 8 AM appeared in front of the Patee House - the Fifth Avenue Hotel of St Jo - the vehicle destined to be our home for the next three weeks. We scrutinized it curiously. 

After this apergu of the motives which sent me forth, once more a pilgrim, to young Meccah in the West, of the various routes, and of the style of country wandered over, I plunge at once into personal narrative.

Here we have the status of "assimilation of American Indians" as seen by Richard F. Burton circa 1860:

In 1854, when Nebraska was admitted into the Union, there were, as nearly as can be estimated, 10,000 Indians on reservation & in the Territory, the greater portion of them living in the eastern part, in permanent villages, along the Missouri and Platte Rivers, and their tributaries, while in the northwestern part there were several roving bands of the great Sioux nation, of whom those in the eastern part stood in mortal fear.

About the middle of September the time of my departure drew nigh. Judge Flennikin found a change of venue to Carson Valley necessary; Thomas, his son, was to accompany him, and the Territorial marshal, Mr.Grice—a quondam volunteer in the Mexican War—was part of the cortége. Escort and ambulance had been refused; it was imperative to find both. Several proposals were made and rejected. At last an eligible presented himself. Mr.