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  1. Gilbert Imlay (February 9, 1754 – November 20, 1828) was an American businessman, author, and diplomat.. He served in the U.S. embassy to France and became one of the earliest American writers, producing two books, the influential A Topographical Description of the Western Territory of North America, and a novel, The Emigrants, both of which promoted settlement in the North American interior.

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    Little is known of Imlay's early life. He was born in 1754, probably in Upper Freehold, New Jersey, where the Imlay family first settled in the early 18th century. During the American Revolutionary War he served in the New Jersey Line, enlisting for a time in Forman's Additional Continental Regiment. He rose to the rank of First Lieutenant in the Continental Army; though he would later style himself "Captain", there is no evidence he ever actually attained that rank. Following his military service, Imlay sought his fortune in Kentucky (then still part of Virginia) and purchased a tract of land in Fayette County in 1783. He arrived there in March 1784, and quickly became involved in land speculation. In 1785 he quietly left America, probably for Europe, leaving a string of unpaid debts in his wake. In 1792 he was in Britain, where he published his influential A Topographical Description of the Western Territory of North America that year. (Subsequent editions would include the advent...

    Faragher, John Mack. Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer. New York: Holt, 1992; ISBN 0-8050-1603-1.
    Gilbert Imlay, W. M. Verhoeven, Amanda Gilroy (1998). The Emigrants. Penguin. ISBN 0-14-043672-3
    Verhoeven, Wil. Gilbert Imlay: Citizen of the World. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008; ISBN 978-1-85196-859-6.

    Verhoeven, Wil. "Gilbert Imlay: Citizen of the World". London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008; ISBN 978-1-85196-859-6

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  3. Gilbert Imlay (February 9, 1754 – November 20, 1828) was an American businessman, author, and diplomat. Imlay was known in his day as a shrewd but unscrupulous businessman involved in land speculation in Kentucky.

  4. Dec 29, 2020 · sister projects: Wikipedia article, Wikidata item. 624324 Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900 , Volume 28 — Imlay, Gilbert 1891 Richard Garnett IMLAY , GILBERT ( fl . 1793), author and soldier, was born in New Jersey about 1755, as may be inferred from an allusion in the preface to his account of Kentucky.

  5. Gilbert Imlay From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia He served in the U.S. embassy to France and became one of the earliest American writers, producing two books, the influential A Topographical Description of the Western Territory of North America , and a novel, The Emigrants , both of which promoted settlement in the North American interior.

  6. Gilbert Imlay (February 9, 1754 – November 20, 1828) was an American businessman, author, and diplomat.. He served in the U.S. embassy to France and became one of the earliest American writers, producing two books, the influential A Topographical Description of the Western Territory of North America, and a novel, The Emigrants, both of which promoted settlement in the North American interior.

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