Salter, William. Memoirs of Joseph W. Pickett, Missionary Superintendent in Southern Iowa and in the Rocky Mountains for the American Home Missionary Society. Burlington, Iowa | Colorado Springs, Colorado: James Love | Mrs. S. B. Pickett, 1880. First Edition.
Cloth, scuffed at the ends and edges, 5 x 7 1/2 inches, 150 clean pp., tight. Ffep inscribed, "John W. Davies is the owner of this book. By virtue of 100 cents in silver. Coal Creek, Colo. Feb. 1881." Good. Hardcover. 
Joseph Worthy Pickett (1832-1879), b. Andover, OH; d. Colorado Springs, CO. A vivid account of his life, with much use made of his private journals. Tells of his perseverance in pursuit of education, including at Yale and Andover. He was ordained as an evangelist and engaged in home missionary work through the Congregational church in Southern Iowa, taking trips west as far as Colorado. During the Civil War he was with the Christian Commission, and he describes scenes in Tennessee and Georgia in the summer of 1864. "A battle was raging on our right at the time of the cannonading. The Fifteenth Corps had just been ordered to form on the right of the Sixteenth..."
Includes some of his letters, addresses, reports - Missionary Exploration of Colorado in 1874. There are about 50 pages of incidents: A Sabbath in South Pueblo; Pagosa Springs; Among the Mountaineers; Silverton - A Gambler's Funeral; Anvil and Hazelton Mountains; The Black Hills; Among Robbers; Sixty-six Hours of Staging - Lead City; A Week of Prayer at Lead City; Emigration to Western Colorado; Barbarism the First Danger; The Gunnison River Coutnry; &c., &c.
"Mr. Pickett was one of those humble but heroic and efficient Christian workers, the memoirs of whose self-sacrificing and energetic lives strengthen the faith and quicken the love of those who read them. Mr. Pickett's ministerial life was mostly spent in superintending home missionary work in Iowa and afterwards in Colorado and the New West. His journals of labor and adventure are full of interest, and disclose the importance of the Home Missionar work in new states and territories, and the great results accomplished by it. He lost his life in Nov., 1879, by the overturning of a stage-coach in a furious snow-storm, on one of his missionary journeys in Colorado." - New Englander and Yale Review, Volume 40 (1881).