Morris Birkbeck

(1764—1825) farmer and writer

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(1764–1825), emigrated to Illinois from England (1817), and attracted attention to the prairie region by his Notes on a Journey …to the Territory of Illinois (1817) and his Letters from Illinois (1818). These books were much criticized by Cobbett, who was in the pay of Eastern land speculators.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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