[Columbus, Ohio: 1850]. 16pp. Illustrated title page [portrait of Patton, in military regalia]. Disbound, light to moderate foxing, Good+, with a clipped, printed Columbus bookseller ticket in outer blank margin of title leaf.
"A sarcastic attack on the corrupt state of the Government at that time" [Sabin]. "Mr. Patton was a citizen of Monroe county, Ohio. The memoir is of a political nature, in which the author claims compensation for certain services put forth in the 'Memorial.' It is a sarcastic attack on the corrupt state of Government at that time" [Thomson]. The great bookseller Ernie Wessen described this pamphlet in his catalog 53:
"Though he was a bit of a wanderer and had lived in Wheeling three years; Bill never really lived until he arrived in Monroe County, Ohio. Here he was induced by some wags to run for sheriff, and in the voting was snowed under. However, it was discovered that the successful candidate was not a citizen, and was ineligible to hold the office; thus throwing the plum into our friend's lap. In the mixup which followed Patton had to make several trips to Columbus to appear before the Legislature; not the least interesting bit in the book is the account of his expenses incident to the trips; which he seeked to recover. We quote one item: 'Thirdly: I claim that being absent from home, the wear and tear on my heart must be necessarily considered. The long nights that I have solitarily spent upon a bachelor's pillow---the ever recurring memory of her who is absent--- the gorgeous visions that haunt the slumber of the exile from home---all these must at last appeal to your sense of justice. Would it be asking too much in demanding... $160'."
Thomson 912. Sabin 59165. Morgan 4301. OCLC 29400224 [2- OH Hist. Connection, State Lib. Ohio] [as of March 2015]. Item #31869