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Hoflan,(Barbara) Mrs.
The Stolen Boy, A Story Founded on Facts. An Indian Tale.
London, A.K. Newman and Co, Printed by J. Darling, Leadenhall Street, n.d. c1830.. Sm. 8vo, pp172, quarter leather, marbled boards, rubbed, some offsetting to the title page from the engraved frontis. light foxing throughout. A culturally important work!This is the true story of a nine year old boy captured by the Comanche. He was boldly taken from his San Antonio home and forced to live with the Comanche for three years before he could escape, travelling four hundred miles across forest, prairie, and the Red River before being reunited with his parents. The author's preface states:'The following story, in its principal incidents, was published in the Juvenile Souvenir for 1828; but being necessarily curtailed, so much as to exclude that development of mind in the subject of the tale, and those affecting circumstances which give deep interest to his long and extraordinary escape, it is now offered to the youthful public in a more finished state. It is perhaps necessary to repeat that the Story of the Stolen Boy is founded on facts, which were communicated to the writer by Mr Parker, a gentleman now in this country but resided at Nachitoches at the period of the boy's return, where the circumstances created considerable sensation among all classes of the community who became acquainted with the extraordinary escape of the boy.
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