Hugh Henry Brackenridge


H. H. Brackenridge, born in Kintyre, Scotland, emigrated with his parents to the Pennsylvania frontier in 1743. He taught school in Maryland for five years before enrolling in the College of New Jersey [Princeton] in 1768 (M.A. 1774), where he met Philip Freneau. After serving as a chaplain in Washington's army he was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1780 before settling in Pittsburgh in 1781. He wrote for the Pittsburgh Gazette, published his popular satirical novel Modern Chivalry, served in the legislature, and was appointed to the supreme court of Pennsylvania.


1811An Epistle to Walter Scott. Written at Pittsburgh, during the Sitting of the Term.


A Poem, on the rising glory of America [with Philip Freneau]. 1771.
A Poem on divine revelation. 1774.
The battle of Bunkers-Hill. A dramatic piece of five acts. 1776.
The death of General Montgomery, at the siege of Quebec. A tragedy. 1777.
Six political discourses founded on the scripture. 1778.
An eulogium of the brave men who have fallen in the contest with Great-Britain. 1779.
Narratives of a Late Expedition against the Indians. 1783.
Modern chivalry. 1792; 1793, 1804; 4 vols 1815.
Incidents of the insurrection in the western parts of Pennsylvania, in the year 1794. 1795.
Gazette publications. 1806.
An epistle to Walter Scott. 1811?
Law miscellanies. 1814.
A Hugh Henry Brackenridge reader, ed. Daniel Marder. 1970.