Hulbert, Archer Butler; Hulbert, Dorothy Printup. Marcus Whitman, Crusader: Part One, 1802 to 1839; Part Two 1839-1843; Part Three 1843-1847. (Overland to the Pacific series) 3 volume set. [Denver, Colorado]: The Stewart Commission of Colorado College and The Denver Public Library, 1936, 1938, 1941. First Edition, First Printing.
Three volumes in blue cloth, 6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches, small paper name & address labels on ffep of each volume, former owner's ink name stamp on the top closed page edges. 341, 342, 275 clean and unmarked pp., very good tight bindings, illustrated. No dust jackets. Very good. Hardcover. 
Dr. Marcus Whitman (1802-1847), b. Rushville, NY; d. Waiilatpu, Oregon Territory. Dr. Whitman was a medical missionary with the A.B.C.F.M., and considered by many to be the leading American pioneer of the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife, Narcissa, were settled at Waiilatpu by 1836. In the winter of 1843 he made the arduous journey overland back to Washington, New York, and Boston to straighten out mission affairs and he urged Americans to move to the Oregon Territory, reckoning that population, rather than military or political matters, would determine the future of the territory. This call resulted in over 1,000 or more settlers returning with him, the formation of the Oregon Trail, with Whitman acting as guide for the final leg of the journey from Fort Hall to the Willamete Valley. A measles epidemic in 1847 and the inability to effect a cure for all Indian children led to suspicion and resentment among the natives; he, his wife and twelve others were massacred by members of the Cayuse tribe, igniting a war that lasted until 1850.
This three-volume set makes much use of the original diary and letters of Dr. Whitman, his correspondence regarding the Oregon mission, and the letters and travelogue of Samuel Parker. Each book has a biography of Whitman for the years covered. "The basis for our study will be laid, almost entirely, on the great mass of letters written by, or received by, the Whitmans." Many of the letters were just recently discovered and not yet in print.