The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 123
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well-known Lewis and Clark expedition spent some time at Per-
simmon Hill. Stephen Watts Kearny, well known for his part in
the Mexican War, knew Persimmon Hill intimately. John C.
Fremont, famous Western trail blazer, was admired by the nar-
rator of the stories.
William Clark Kennerly led an eventful life. He was a mem-
ber of Sir William Drummond Stewart's expedition to the Far
West in 1843. The eighth chapter, titled "Across the Plains," is
the account of the experiences of this expedition. Kennerly saw
service in the Mexican War with the Missouri Volunteers; he
was one of the many persons who rushed to California after
the discovery of gold there; and in the Civil War he shouldered
arms for the Confederacy. This rich experience threw him into
contact with many persons whom he portrays admirably in dif-
ferent parts of this book. He admired James Eads Buchanan
who built the three-span bridge of 1,524 feet across the Mississippi
at St. Louis, and he recalled the celebration of the formal open-
ing of the bridge, July 1-4, 1874. He was not happy over the
description of the old French portion of St. Louis made by
Charles Dickens in 1842 and wished Dickens could have seen
Bartholomew Berthold's "elegant brick house with its wide ve-
randas and handsome white pillars" at Fifth and Pine Streets. The
church edifices of the Presbyterians, Baptists, Lutherans, and
Methodists in the old French section did not have "tumble-down
galleries before the windows," did not "have a kind of French
shrug about them," and did not "appear to hold their heads
askew." In the Unitarian church in the French section Dickens
could have heard "a fine-toned organ and a good choir" and the
"sermons of its distinguished pastor, Dr. William Greenleaf Eliot,"
who, after many years as pastor, resigned and became chancellor
of Washington University in St. Louis.
The narrative consists of twelve chapters. Two appendices
contain information, respectively, of the Hancock family, to
which the narrator was related by blood ties, and of the mem-
bership of William Drummond Stewart's expedition of 1843.
In the last paragraph, at the end of Kennerly's experiences in
the Civil War, philosophical meditation led the narrator-per-
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