A Cautionary Tale Martin, Michael [1795-1821]. Waldo, Francis Wainwright [1791-1836], Editor. Life of Michael Martin, Who was Executed for Highway Robbery, December 20, 1821. As Given By Himself. Boston: Published by Russell & Gardner, 1821. 102 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Recent marbled boards, printed title label to spine. Some toning, light foxing to title page and a few leaves, internally clean. $450. * Only edition. "I was induced to undertake the compilation of these pages by the particular request of Martin. (...) The story, however extravagant some parts of it may appear, is given to the world as the last words of a dying man; and as I verily believe, of one who was determined to tell the truth, and the whole truth. The object which he had in view, in desiring that his autobiography might be published, (...) was, that it might be an example and a warning to others" (3). Pp. 101-102 contain the text of Martin's last will and testament. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 44903.
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