Troy [N. Y.]: Published and Sold by L. Willard, 230 River Street, 1847. First edition. Original printed wrappers (spine perished, early rough stitching to the spine), 44 pages. Somewhat worn, foxed, and lightly soiled; a good, sound copy. Item #18939
Sensationalist cheap fiction, narrated as though by a resident of Troy wandering the streets of the city, overhearing conversations and peering into windows; the tale turns on the seduction and reduction of a young married woman by her cousin, spendthrift Samuel Varnum: “In youth, he breathed a boy’s tale of love, but was esteemed as but a boy, and was turned aside with a laugh. A laugh! How it rankles and festers in the soul. He has mingled with men, has learned and practised their follies until himself has become a festering corruption, a foul blot upon his father’s name. Yet amid all the scenes in which he has mingled he has retained, the same hateful purpose. She, who has laughed, when asked to become his bride, he has resolved should be his leman.” Wright I, 2444.