Orig. pub. Salisbury, NC, 1801. Reprinted 1976. Print on Demand Edition 2011. viii, 76 pp., new intro., new index. Item #46
James Hall was an eminent Presbyterian clergyman, educator, and patriot who made a missionary journey in 1800-01 which laid the foundations of the Presbyterian Church in Mississippi. This first history of the Mississippi Territory was a by-product of Hall's journey down the perilous Natchez Trace to minister to the scattered Presbyterian congregations in the area. More an intelligent and informed historical sketch than an actual history, he describes the country and its boundaries, its form of government, and discusses such topics as the soil, climate, produce, manners and customs, population, and trade and commerce. This volume retains significance as a rare historical document and an eyewitness account.