Confessions of Four Pirates Who Were Tried Before Joseph Story [Murder]. [Piracy]. [Williams, John (and Others), Defendants]. Lives and Confessions of John Williams, Francis Frederick, John P. Rog, And Peter Peterson, Who Were Tried at the United States Circuit Court in Boston for Murder & Piracy; Sentenced to be Executed Jan. 21, 1819; And Afterwards Reprieved Till Feb. 18, 1819. Boston: Printed by J.T. Buckingham, At the Office of the New-England Galaxy, . 36 pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers, untrimmed edges, rear wrapper lacking. Moderate soiling to exterior, moderate toning and light foxing to interior. $1,750. * Only edition. These men were accused of mutiny aboard the schooner Plattsburgh off the coast of Georgia and of the murder of the captain, supercargo and a mate in 1816. There was $40,000.00 aboard, so the mutiny was piratically motivated. The villains divided the money, sailed to Norway and were later arrested in Copenhagen after a mate, who was practically a hostage, contacted the authorities. The four men were extradited to the United States, where they were tried before Joseph Story. All were convicted and hanged. As McDade notes, "the confessions paint a picture of the rugged life at sea in those times." OCLC locates 6 copies in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, Social Law, UC-Berkeley, University of Virginia, Yale). McDade, The Annals of Murder 1099.
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