Inside Out, Or, an Interior View of the New-York State Prison; Together with Biographical Sketches of the Lives of Several of the Convicts

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 132 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1823. Excerpt: ....of"his preceptorship, and upon receiving his tuition fees, he took a final leave of his pupils and his school. He went to his father's, and all the unpleasantness occasioned by his villany with respect to the goods, was suspended if not forgotten. He conducted himself very properly for upwards of three months, and his father used his utmost endeavours to obtain a situation for him in some mercantile concern. He was on the point of effecting the desirable purpose, when a circumstance occurred that forever alienated James from the sympathy of his family. His elder sister was a blooming girl of about 17 years of age. It had been observed that James was much more intimate with her than with the rest of the family; but it was supposed to arise from a common and natural partiality. One day however, their stepmother.(for their own mother died shortly after the arrival of the family in New-York) casually stole up stairs, and discovered James and his sister in a very delicate predicament. She informed their father, and the incestuous pair were instantly turned out of the house. James took lodgings for them both, and they lived together as man and wife. He resorted to expedients which he had acquired a knowledge of in the army, (that congregation of all that is abominable in wickedness, and horrible in depravity;) in order to defray their necessary expences. He was at length detected in a Forgery, and was sent to the State Prison in New-York. The sister partially conciliated the father, and by supplication and entreaty, prevailed upon him to intercede for his liberation. She went out to service, and so continued to support herself for about a year, when James was liberated. His father gave him $20, and advised his departure for another state. He accordingly went to...

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