Nearly 15,000 Gathered to Witness the Execution [Murder]. [Piracy]. [Tully, Samuel]. The Life of Samuel Tully, Who Was Executed at South Boston, Dec. 10, 1812, For Piracy. Written by Himself. Boston: Published by Watson & Bangs, 1812. 36 pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers, untrimmed edges. Light soiling to exterior, stain to upper inside corner of text block above text, moderate toning to interior, light foxing to a few leaves, early owner inscription (Lewis Smith's Book) to front wrapper. $2,500. * Only edition. Tully, a 42 year-old Pennsylvania native, and John Dalton a 24 year-old Englishman, were convicted of murdering a seaman and scuttling an American schooner off the West Indies. Tully was hanged in South Boston in December, 1812. Dalton was reprieved at the last minute. According to some accounts, nearly 15,000 people gathered to witness the execution. It was certainly a notable event, generating at least a half dozen pamphlets and a broadside. In his Life, Tully claims to have been framed by the ship's cook. OCLC locates 2 copies in law libraries (Harvard, Social Law). McDade, The Annals of Murder 1004.
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