July 13, 1841

Tuesday, 13th. Left our hunting encampment and met John Gray and Romaine returning from Green river. They found no person at the rendezvous on Green river, not any game ahead; it was therefore thought best to lay in more meat, while we were in the vicinity of the buffalo. We therefore came to a halt, having travelled about 15 miles.

John Grey and “Lord” Romaine had left on July 6th and gone ahead to see if there were any trappers or traders at the usual rendezvous spot on the Green River. The trip there and back had taken them a week. Nobody at the rendezvous and scarce game ahead was not good news. Jimmy John recorded that “they did not see any person, not even an Indian.”

By the way, William G. Romaine was called “Lord” Romaine by the company because of his British accent. He was a well-to-do and well-educated young Englishman who had hired Grey to guide him on a tour of the “Wild West.” His cultured upper-crust accent (think Masterpiece Theatre) naturally made these American frontiersmen think of him as an aristocrat, whether or not he was one. I expect he was a good sport about it all.

After his adventures in America, Romaine went on to a distinguished legal career at various outposts of the British Empire.

Maitland, R. E. Fuller; William Govett Romaine (1815-1893); Ministry of Defence Art Collection; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/william-govett-romaine-18151893-144841

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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2 Responses to July 13, 1841

  1. RICH OHARA says:

    Hi, Nancy, William Govett Romaine was also in an exploring party in 1846 with William Chandler, his brother Jack and the noted historian Francis Parkman. He’s known as R– in “The Oregon Trail.”

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