A D V ENTURES,
Col. DANIEL BOON.
IT was on the firft of May 1769, that I rsjfigned my domeftic happinefs, and left my family and peaceable habitation on the Yadkin River, in North Carolina, to wander through the wildemefs of America, in queft of tha country of Keotucke, ia company with John Finley, J h Stuart, Jolcph Holden, James Monay, and William Cool.
On the 7th day af June, af;er travelling in a weft-tern direction, we fouad ourfelvcs on Red River, where John Finely had formerly been trading with the Indians, and from the top of an eminence, faw with plea-fure the bcauiiful level of Kentucke. For fome time we had experienced the mod uncomfortable weather. We now encamped, made a Packer to defend us from tkcinclemeat feafon, and began to hunt and reconnoitre ihe country. We found abundance of wild hearts in this vaft foreft. The buffaloes were more numerous than catt.'e on other fettlements, browzing on the leaves of the cane, or eroding the herbage on thofe ezterflve plains, we faw hundreds in a drove, and the numbers about the fait fprings were'amazing. In this foreft the habitation of beafts of every American kind, we hunted with great fuccefs until December.
On the 2zd of D.'Cember John Stuart and I'had a plealant Ramble; but fortune changed the day at the clefs cf it. We had pafTtd through a great foreft, in which Hood myrbds of trees, feme gay with b!ol -loin;, oiher rich with fruits. Natu'e was here a fents of woadcu and a fund c! delight. Here fhe diI'p!a>eJ ingenuity and i&diiltry in a vsi:;iy ot flewers "d