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LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF THE ACCOMPLISHED FORGER AND SWINDLER, COLONEL MONROE EDWARDS
New York, 1848. Original pictorial wrappers. Wrappers worn at edges, torn along spine. An occasional bit of foxing. In very good, original condition. Untrimmed. In a half morocco and cloth clamshell case. Edwards, a famous Texas slave smuggler and forger, based his operations at Chenango Plantation in Brazoria County. He made a specialty of smuggling slaves to Brazil from Africa, and then from Cuba to Texas. Eventually he was sentenced to Sing Sing prison for his large-scale forgeries. In an escape attempt in 1847 he was severely beaten by guards, and then died. "Accomplished swindler, forger and Texas adventurer" - Howes. Although sensationalized, this is an amazingly detailed primary source for the schemes, love affairs, and trials of this Texas adventurer. Streeter attributes the work to George Wilkes, one of the editors of the NATIONAL POLICE GAZETTE, wherein the account was originally published. "Because of the light the slave trade operation of Edwards throws on the slave trade in Texas and the public reaction to it, the general public interest in the doings of a resourceful and ingenious top-notch crook who happened to play a minor part in the history of Texas, a modern discussion of his life would seem to be an interesting subject for an article..." - Streeter.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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