Edmund Pearson’s greatest contribution to our understanding of at least part of the life
of Henry Tufts was his research into the incident that nearly led to Henry Tufts’s death by hanging and his long imprisonment in the Castle in Boston Harbor. The Six Silver Spoons was originally published as an appendix to Autobiography of a Criminal, and details Pearson’s research into legal records in Massachusetts, where he discovered both court records and, remarkably, a plea for clemency written in the hand of Tufts himself. Most revealingly, the actual details of the case are quite different from what Tufts himself describes.
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