Mike Martin; Or, the Last of the Highwaymen. a Romance of Reality

 
9781235737688: Mike Martin; Or, the Last of the Highwaymen. a Romance of Reality

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845. Excerpt: ... PREFACE. Mr first definite notions of the knight errantry of the road, were formed from hearing and reading of the exploit of Michael Martin, the highwayman. His career was brought to an ignominious close, just as I had reached an age to take an interest in robber stories, real and ficticious. Martin's ghost haunted me for a long time afterwards, and I could not help fancying that Rob Roy, Gil Bias, Abellino, and other characers of that stamp, had many traits in common with my early hero. Lately, when looking about for a subject, a souvenir of Michael flashed upon my mind, and I forthwith determined to make him the hero of a little romance, based upon the slight biographical sketch of him, written in 1821, by Mr. Waldo, from details furnished by the subject, and believed to be in the main correct. I have endeavored to do his memory no injustice; and, if I have taken the liberty of placing him in circumstances partiallyimaginary, I have endeavored to preserve the unity and individuality of his character, and have attributed to him no acts or feelings which cannot find a parallel in his authenticated history. It may perhaps be as well to observe, however, in this connection, that the character of Michael's father is a gratuitous assumption, made in obedience to the imperative demand of dramatic propriety. Mike was certainly a fair specimen of the race of Irish offenders, of whom an intelligent English writer observes:--' Our Old Bailey culprits are dark, gloomy knaves; but the Irish rogues are all Macheaths and Don Juans in their way--"gay, bold, dashing villains!"' It would have been easy to have swelled this little brochure to double its size, by reciting, even briefly, the varioui robberies committed by the hero, both in Ireland and this country, but the...

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