[DAVENPORT, BARNETT.] The Independent Chronicle and the Universal Advertiser. Boston: Nathaniel Willis, June 1, 1780. Vol 12, no 614.

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[DAVENPORT, BARNETT.]
The Independent Chronicle and the Universal Advertiser. Boston: Nathaniel Willis, June 1, 1780. Vol 12, no 614.

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[DAVENPORT, BARNETT.]
The Independent Chronicle and the Universal Advertiser. Boston: Nathaniel Willis, June 1, 1780. Vol 12, no 614.
Bifolium (383 x 251 mm). Some rubbing at folds (including to masthead) and 3 tiny holes at fold intersections.

FRONT-PAGE CONFESSION BY AMERICA'S FIRST MASS MURDERER; ALSO A REVERE MASTHEAD. The entire front-page and part of the second page features the first-person narrative and confession of Barnett Davenport. Davenport was a 19-year-old deserter from the Continental Army with a troubled childhood and a deranged mind. He was at Valley Forge and served under Benedict Arnold. Davenport admits to the pre-planned murder of his employer, his wife and their three young grandchildren and describes it in awful detail. The masthead incorporates a full-length woodcut of a patriot after Paul Revere. See Cavallaro Tales of Old New Milford, 2009.
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