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Wyatt, Henry
LIFE AND CONFESSIONS OF HENRY WYATT, WHO WAS EXECUTED AT AUBURN, FOR THE MURDER OF JAMES GORDON, A FELLOW CONVICT, TAKEN FROM HIS OWN STATEMENTS MADE SHORTLY BEFORE HIS EXECUTION
Auburn, N.Y.: Printed by J.C. Merrell & Co., 1846. 56pp. Original printed blue front wrapper (rear wrapper lacking). Front wrapper chipped around the edges, and with small tears, spine perished. Moderate tanning and staining throughout. Good. In a cloth chemise and brown half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. A rare western outlaw narrative. After an early career of crime in the Mid-Atlantic states, Wyatt moved his operations West. "The volume comprises a numerous and progressive series of thrilling adventures and daring misdeeds through the western country in the 1830s. During this period Wyatt forsook his criminal career - briefly - to join the Rocky Mountain Exploring Expedition and he narrates his overland army experiences from Pittsburgh to Jefferson Barracks and thence to White Oak Encampment, where he deserted. Shortly afterward he went to New Orleans where he enlisted as a volunteer to Texas, but while campaigning there he again deserted with some others. They had a fierce affray with the Comanches, and later were captured by the Mexicans" - Eberstadt. In company with many Texans they were marched amid much suffering to Mexico City, but were released after a year of hard labor. Wyatt then resumed his criminal career, mainly in the Mississippi Valley, but was finally jailed in New York in 1844 and executed the following year. McDade lists three Auburn, 1846 editions (one of those in two issues), including this one with the J.C. Merrell imprint on the titlepage. The wrapper on this copy notes "Published by Ivison & Co.," which is also noted by McDade … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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