Acknowledging a bond for a court appearance, in a manuscript document, signed by Ashley and Ezekial Fenwick, both named in a suit filed by Abram Brinker in the District of St. Genevieve, Missouri, 22 March 1809

(St. Genevieve, MO): 1809. Folio. One page, approximately 175 words. A native of Virginia, Ashley migrated to Missouri early in the first decade of the 19th century, engaging in business first in St. Genevieve, then in St. Louis, before embarking on a career in public life that included service in the War of 1812, explorations of the first rank in the American West, important contributions to the growth of the American fur trade, and state and national political activity. "He organized the rendezvous system, pioneered the employment of free trappers rather than hired trappers or Indian tribes, established durable routes to the fur country, and conducted important explorations ... few individuals exercised a greater influence on the course of the fur trade in the Far West" (Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography). For an extensive account of his career, see Harrison Dale's "Ashley-Smith Explorations and the Discovery of a Central Route to the Pacific (Arthur Clark, 1918). Ashley autographs are scarce in trade, with only examples from the Risvold collection noted at auction during the past 35 years (ABPC, 1976-2010). Very good. Folded. (#4744). Item #57756

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