Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers, 1878. , -23, [1 blank] pp. Stitched in original printed wrappers [a couple of expert repairs]. Very Good. Portrait frontis of Steenburgh; portrait of Parker after the title leaf.
"Steenburgh, a negro, beat Parker to death in Schoharie County, New York, while robbing him. He confessed to a number of other murders" [McDade]. The pamphlet's introduction says he "was born of colored parents" in 1833" and, when drunk, "is very much inclined to quarrel and fight." Growing up in Schoharie, he was "ignorant of every kind of education except that obtained at the saloon and bar rooms of taverns and restaurants. Schoharie was in those days noted for negroes, and the ambitious ones were always at some evil, wrestling, fighting, drinking, stealing chickens and other poultry, pitching pennys, playing cards, and shirking any kind of labor."
His 'Confession' is the story of his violent life, which included his commission of ten other murders and additional crimes. The verdict-- which consumed but two hours of the jury's time-- and Steenburgh's Address to the Court, denying his guilt, comprise the final pages. An estimated 15,000 people showed up for his public execution.
McDade 907. OCLC 18546446  as of March 2019. Not in LCP or Blockson. Item #35741