Geological Survey of Oregon and Washington. January 31, 1857. Mr. Thorington, from the Committee on Public Lands, made the follow report. [To accompany bill H.R. No. 800.].
[Washington]: n.p., 1857. 4 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Removed from a larger volume else a very good copy with tear to lower corner of first leaf, small chip to top edge. White: Plains & Rockies, 120 additions to Wagner-Camp: Q72. Item #37310
34th Congress, 3d Session. House of Representatives. Report No. 171. "Thorington offered a tantalizing glimpse into one of the most daring, most extensive, but most obscure scientific explorations of the West," (White: Plains & Rockies, p. 146). Dr. John Evans (1812-1861) was a geologist and physician who, after leading a party in exploration of Minnesota and the Dakotas, traveled almost entirely alone to Oregon. "With appropriations from the General Land Office he pursued his 12,000 miles of exploration in Oregon-Washington through the Indian wars into 1856. Congress refused to reimburse him for the necessary expenditures and did not support either preparation or publication of his report. The manuscript reportedly languishes to this day in the Smithsonian," (White p. 147). Evans died on a geological survey of Panama. Quite scarce. None listed in OCLC. Not in NUC, though White lists a copy at the LOC.