The Life of David Crockett: The Original Humorist and Irrepressible Backwoodsman; an Autobiography, to which is Added an Account of His Glorious Death at the Alamo While Fighting in Defence of Texas Independence (Google eBook)

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A. L. Burt, 1902 - Creek War, 1813-1814 - 415 pages
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King of the wild frontier... qnd more...
Amazing story. Historically significant. Written in his own hand in his own style. Wonderful insight into the early American south and their fierce love of freedom and self determination. Sad ending penned posthumously by the editor.

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Page 365 - The Mexican government, by its colonization laws, invited and induced the Anglo-American population of Texas to colonize its wilderness, under the pledged faith of a written constitution, that they should continue to enjoy that constitutional liberty and republican form of government to which they had been habituated in the land of their birth, the United States of America.
Page 244 - I was slowly rising the slope, when I was startled by loud, profane, and boisterous voices which seemed to proceed from a thick covert of undergrowth about two hundred yards in the advance of me, and about one hundred to the right of my road. "You kin, kin you?
Page 232 - Job, though busy in dealing out rum, forgot to point at his chalked rules and regulations, for he knew that a coon was as good a legal tender for a quart, in the west, as a New York shilling, any day in the year. My constituents now flocked about me, and cried, "Huzza for Crockett...
Page 116 - I got to where the ice would bear me for a short distance, and I mounted on it, and went ahead ; but it soon broke in again, and I had to wade on till I came to my floating log. I found it so tight this time, that I know'd it couldn't give me another fall, as it was frozen in with the ice. I crossed over it without much difficulty, and worked along till I got to my lodged sapling, and my log under the water. The swiftness of the current prevented the water from freezing over it, and so I had to wade,...
Page 383 - ... against the spot where I was snoring. I turned out pretty smart and mounted the rampart. The gun was charged again, a fellow stepped forth to touch her off, but before he could apply the match, I let him have it, and he keeled over. A second stepped up, snatched the match from the hand of the dying man, but...
Page 102 - He was beating on the head of an empty barrel near the road-side, when a traveler, who was passing along, asked him what he was doing that for ? The fellow replied that there was some cider in that barrel a few days before, and he was trying to see if there was any then, but if there was he couldn't get at it. I told them that there had been a little bit of a speech in me a while ago, but I believed I couldn't get it out.
Page 247 - I went to the ground from which he had risen, and there were the prints of his two thumbs, plunged up to the balls in the mellow earth, about the distance of a man's eyes apart; and the ground around was broken up as if two stags had been engaged upon it.
Page 376 - Cumanches, in particular, entertain such hatred for the Mexicans, and at the same time hold them in such contempt, that they would rather turn their tomahawks against them, and drive them from the land, than lend a helping hand.
Page 232 - I told them several yarns, to get them in a good humour, and having soon dispatched the value of the coon, I went out and mounted the stump, without opposition, and a clear majority of the voters followed me to hear what I had to offer for the good of the nation. Before I was half through, one of my constituents moved that they would hear the balance of my speech, after they had washed down the first part with some more of Job Snelling's extract of cornstalk and molasses, and the question being put,...
Page 246 - ... approach at least, I supposed so, for they were not to be seen. "Now, blast your corn-shucking soul...

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