Read online or download a free book: The Autobiography Of Joseph Jefferson
Publisher: General Books LLC (10 Jan. 2012)
By: Joseph Jefferson (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Chapter XVII IN LOUISIANA The 'Pirate of the Gulf' -- Pierre Landry and his Wife--Under the Live-Oaks--Conclusion The plantation I purchased in Louisiana was at one time the property of a prominent Spaniard named Carline, to whom it had been granted when the State was under the dominion of Spain. He had made his selection with considerable judgment, as the large tract that had been ceded to him contained an island of two hundred acres, which stood at an elevation of about ninety feet above the sea, and was covered with grand live-oak and magnolia trees. When it passed from Carline it fell into the hands of an old Scotchman named Randolph, who was, from all accounts, as sagacious as the Spaniard. He added to the beauty of the island by planting it with pecan and orange trees, which were in full bearing when I purchased the place. It is currently reported by the peasantry of this region that Captain Lafitte, who was also celebrated under the high-sounding title of the 'Pirate of the Gulf,' often visited the island. This hero's virtues have been extolled in a romantic novel, several love songs, and a bad nautical drama: and history has in some measure tried to elevate him beyond the average of mankind because he refused the overtures of General Pakenham and joined the forces of General Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. But the truth is, that the captain had plenty of money: the British bribe possessed no fascination for him, as the United States Government had set a price upon his head: and there is consequently a slight suspicion that self-preservation and not patriotism induced him to cast in his lot with America. He was undoubtedly a highly cultivated bucaneer: and having with care and industry amassed a large fortune by robbing his fellow-men, he retired fr...
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