A Pair of Conjugate Broadsides [Broadside]. [Death]. [Murder]. [New York]. A Poem of the Distressing and Afflictive Death of the Rev. Josiah M. Muspratt, Who Was Killed in an Awful Manner; Being Caught in the Machinery of Whitesborough Factory, Carried up to the Floor Above by His Arm, Where it was Drawn from his Body, From Whence He Fell Again to the Floor, Torn and Lacerated in the Most Shockng Manner; May, 1827. [Printed above] The Dying Words, Confession, And Execution of Jesse Strang, For the Murder of John Whipple, At Albany, August 27, 1827. [Utica?, NY: 1827.] 20-1/2" x 8-1/2" broadside comprising two poems, one above the other, each in two columns with a black line border, decorative typeset divider between columns, and woodcut illustrations below the headlines. The first poem, signed in type "J.H.," has a coffin, the other an image of a hanging man. Light browning and some edgewear, fold creases and a few minor stains, minor loss to fold corners, two small holes with no loss to text, early owner signature to verso. $1,750. * Two rare conjugate broadsides. Muspratt was a Methodist preacher who also served as Superintendent in a weaving mill in Whitesborough, NY, where it appears he became an early victim of an industrial accident, The poem paints him as a Christian martyr who worked to save the souls of the factory hands. The second poem commemorates the death of Jesse Strang (spelled here with an extra "a"), who committed one of New York's best-known early murders. Strang, who had previously abandoned his own wife and children, fell in love with Elsie Whipple, a member of the prominent Van Rensselaer family in Albany, and conspired with her to kill her husband. Strang's was the last public execution in Albany. Elsie was acquitted. Ranta, Women and Children of the Mills 190. New York State Library, Broadside Ballads SCO BD1522/1523.
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