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    [Jim Bowie]. Newspaper: New-York American. Vol. VIII, No. 796. Four pages (on two leaves), 15" x 20.75", New York, November 6, 1827. Of note on the first page is the inclusion of the particulars of the Vidalia Sandbar Fight (where Jim Bowie first made a name for himself as a knife fighter), located just outside of Natchez, Mississippi. The paper reprints a letter from Samuel L. Wells, a friend of Bowie and one of the duelists whose contest started the famous brawl. He writes, in part: "I was invited by Dr. [Thomas H.] Maddox . . . to an interview without the limits of the State. I met him at Natchez on the 17th . . . on the 18th I was challenged by him. . . . We met, exchanged two shots without effect, and made friends." Following the duel, the men retired for refreshments and halfway there, "we were met by my friends, Gen. Cuney [Samuel Cuny], Mr. James Bowie, and my brother." Tensions escalated between the friends of the duelists (though, oddly, not between the initial combatants themselves) whereupon "Mr. Bowie, upon seeing General Cuney fall, drew his pistol: Crane [Col. Robert Crain], after shooting Gen. Cuney, drew a third pistol; Bowie and himself exchanged shots . . . but without effect." Crain fled the field and was replaced by three more men, one of whom was a Major Norris Wright, who drew on Bowie. Bowie also produced a pistol and the two men fired, "Mr. Bowie was shot through the breast, Wright was struck on his side . . . Wright then fled; Bowie drew a knife and pursued him." He was shot again, this time in the thigh, and while on the ground, was stabbed multiple times by Wright and a cohort. "Bowie scuffled for some seconds, until he gained his seat, he then reached up, caught Wright by the coat, drew him down on him," plunging his famous knife into his chest. Thus was born the legend of Jim Bowie. Light to moderate foxing scattered throughout.

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