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SCENES OF DEPRAVITY IN 1830s NEW ORLEANS
1831-36. A group of 13 holographic letters written between 1831 and 1836 from New Orleans by Jeremiah C. Garthwaite, a clothing wholesaler, to his brother, Jacob Thomas Garthwaite of New Jersey. Jeremiah wrote about business conditions, his political opinions, and events of the day, recalling in one letter a public hanging in the city which was then experiencing a huge population boom. Jeremiah (1807-83) was the namesake of his father, a Revolutionary War drummer who settled the family in Newark, New Jersey. Jeremiah moved to New Orleans and was a partner in a wholesale clothing business that was dissolved in 1860. He returned to New Jersey and was credited with helping to build the Episcopal Church. All of the letters in this collection are written to his brother Jacob Thomas Garthwaite (1808-59). In an April 26, 1832 letter, Jeremiah writes about violence ("scenes of depravity") in New Orleans: "Last week two affairs of horror took place in one day at half past 2 o'clock p.m. - with pistols 15 paces distant no lives nor blood lost. Same night two murders and three attempts to break in here. Monday three Spaniards [illegible word] their crimes for murder on the gallows. They were hung on the public square a few blocks below our store. I intended to witness it being engaged for the moment. Reached there early in time to see them hanging lifeless corpses [illegible word] in white [illegible word] extended in rotation of the scaffold. After an interval of an hour cut down and stowed into rough casements of wood and carted off, created no small degree of horrid sensations in m … [Click Below for Full Description]
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