A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee

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E.L. Carey and A. Hart, 1834 - Creek War, 1813-1814 - 113 pages
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An excellent read. Very informative about life in those times. Also available as an audiobook.

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Page 183 - I went on about three miles, when I came to a good big creek, which I waded. It was very cold, and the creek was about knee-deep ; but I felt no great inconvenience from it just then, as I was all over wet with sweat from running, and I felt hot enough. After I got over this creek and out of the cane, which was very thick on all our creeks, I listened for my dogs. I found they had either treed or brought the bear to a stop, as they continued barking in the same place. I pushed on as near in the direction...
Page 188 - We prepared for resting that night, and I can assure the reader I was in need of it. We had laid down by our fire, and about ten o'clock there came a most terrible earthquake, which shook the earth so, that we were rocked about like we had been in a cradle. We were very much alarmed ; for though we were accustomed to feel earthquakes, we were now right in the region which had been torn to pieces by them in 1812, and we thought it might take a notion and swallow us up, like the big fish did Jonah....
Page 174 - ... had done the other. Night now came on, but no word from my dogs yet. I afterwards found they had treed the bear about five miles off, near to a man's house, and had barked at it the whole enduring night. Poor fellows ! many a time they looked for me, and wondered why I didn't come, for they know'd there was no mistake in me, and I know'd they were a,s good as ever fluttered.
Page 55 - ... -the last thing in creation I could have thought of doing. I felt little inclined to talk on the subject, it is true; but, to pass off the time, I told her I thought I was born odd, and that no fellow to me could be found. She protested against this, and said if I would come to their reaping, which...
Page 187 - But all this wouldn't do; for my blood was now getting cold, and the chills coming all over me. I was so tired, too, that I could hardly walk; but I thought I would do the best I could to save my life, and then, if I died, nobody would be to blame. So I went to a tree about two feet through, and not a limb on it for thirty feet, and I would climb up it to the limbs, and then lock my arms together around it, and slide down to the bottom again.
Page 182 - I followed on to about the middle of the harricane, but my dogs pursued him so close that they made him climb an old stump about twenty feet high. I got in shooting distance of him and fired, but I was all over in such...
Page 129 - I don't mean that we made any president, and called him the " government," but we met and made what we called a corporation ; and I reckon we called it wrong, for it wasn'ta bank, and hadn't any deposites ; and now they call the bank a corporation. But be this as it may, we lived in the backwoods, and didn't profess to know much, and no doubt used many wrong -words. But we met, and appointed magistrates and constables to keep order. We didn't fix any laws for them, though; for we supposed they would...
Page 187 - I clomb up my tree and slid down I don't know, but I reckon at least a hundred times. In the morning I got my bear hung up so as to be safe, and then set out to hunt for my camp. I found it after awhile, and McDaniel and my son were very much rejoiced to see me get back, for they were about to give me up for lost. We got our breakfasts, and then secured our meat by building a high scaffold, and covering it over. We had no fear of its spoiling, for the weather was so cold that it couldn't. We...
Page 73 - I didn't think that courage ought to be measured by the beard, for fear a goat would have the preference over a man.
Page 164 - a branfire new way of doing business, if a caucus is to make a representative for the people !" He now discovered who I was, and cried out, " D — n it, Crockett, is that you ?" "Be sure it is," said I, "but I don't want it understood that I have come electioneering. I have just crept out of the cane, to see what discoveries I could make among the white folks.

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