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Lives and Confessions of John Williams, Francis Frederick, John P. Murder, Piracy, John Williams.

Lives and Confessions of John Williams, Francis Frederick, John P...

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, [1819]. 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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