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Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter
Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R Potter Author:Leonard Kriegal (Introduction) This is a reprint of the book of this name which was published in Providence in 1824. The original title with description was as follows: — "Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter, (A Native of Cranston, Rhode-Island) Who Was a Soldier in the American Revolution, And took a distinguished part in the Battle of Bunker Hill (in which he ... more »received three wounds) after which he was taken Prisoner by the British, conveyed to England, where for 30 years he obtained a livelhood for himself and family, by crying "Old Chairs to Mend" through the Streets of London.--In May last, by the assistance of the American Council, he succeeded (in the 79th year of his age) in obtaining a passage to his native country, after an absence of 48 years."
That 1824 book was the source for Herman Melville's novel, "Israel Potter," about a "Revolutionary beggar."
The Appendix of this 1962 book contains the final chapters in Melville's "Israel Potter," reproduced from its 1855 first edition printing.« less