• Estwick Evans
  • Estwick Evans, 1818
  • ALS. Communicates Estwick Evans' request for blank writs and summons. A typed transcript is available.
  • Estwick Evans generally wrote about themes that have dealt with the nature of earth and the wilderness

Evans's Pedestrious Tour: Reprint of the Original Edition: Concord, New Hampshire, 1819 (Travel in America)


Estwick Evans was a member of the "first generation", that is, the generation raised in a post-Revolution America. He was free to dream, and dream big. Raised by the very generation that had fought for and won our independence from Great Britain, he was instilled from an early age with a sense of politics and a knowledge of all aspects of the Revolution. These aspects all came together to give Evans a sense of destination, almost entitlement. He expected great things from his life and his country, but he also felt a sense of obligation when he saw his country deviating from the path he believed in. Becoming an "average" self-taught lawyer didn't dissuade Evans from declaring himself a candidate for President, as a Whig, and at the advanced age of 78, spurred by his animosity for slavery. Though he was not elected, Evans made significant contributions to his nation as a "Little Big Man".

Revolution meant to him (personal material growth) stands in stark contrast to what Evans felt about the Revolution. Daniel Boone would die having never had his ambitions sated; Estwick Evans had to have a sense of accomplishment in his later years. Evans, raised post-Revolution and contrary to Boone, had a definite sense of "nation-first". One can assume that this is due to his being raised by the generation that actually took part in the Revolutionary War. You might say Evans was fighting to keep what his parents generation had won, and Boone was fighting to win for himself.


Nature Hermit: Notable Hermits: Estwick Evans

The reflections of a nineteenth-century, New Hampshire lawyer who left his home to walk to Michigan in the dead of winter may seem nothing more than a bizarre chapter in a catalog of crazy stunts. Instead, Estwick Evans's Pedestrious Tour of Four Thousand Miles, originally published in 1819, is a highly detailed, fascinating look at the early Michigan Territory,