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Narrative of the life of James Allen, alias George Walton, alias Jonas Pierce, alias James H. York, alias Burley Grove, the highwayman: being his death-bed confession, to the warden of the Massachusetts state prison

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Nook, 42 pages
Published 1837 by Boston : Harrington & co.
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Kait
Apr 03, 2014 Kait added it
Confession bound in his own skin and delivered to one of his victims? Had to check it out.

I found it most interesting early on when he commented frequently on specific occasions where if details had been only slightly different he would have made vastly different choices.

Also of note, after he was too sick to continue writing himself, the person writing it for him detailed his change in religious beliefs. Makes you wonder who's beliefs those were in the last few pages.
Remy
Sep 04, 2013 Remy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rogues, brigands, and the like
For the sake of context, this very short book was published in 1837. It details the life of a scoundrel who, while being a scoundrel from the earliest age, yet has some honor to him and a lot of charm. It's short enough that, in deciding whether or not to read it, the efficient thing is rather to read it and then decide whether it was worthwhile.

If for some reason you're still on the fence, take note of this fact you won't actually find in the text: James Allen had his captors bind the book in h
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James Allen "was born in the town of Lancaster, Worcester County, and state of Massachusetts, on the 16th of November, 1809; consumption ... terminated his existence on the 17th of July, 1837."
Allen, James, 1809-1837, Library of Congress Authorities
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