[Ads-l] 1831, and early "_honorable 'cohoot_'"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed Jan 15 18:21:44 UTC 2020

In a long (3-column) letter, the writer is angry that Col. David Crockett had split with Andrew Jackson , perhaps on the Indian Bill and other matters. So _honorable "cohoot"_ here may be sarcastic.

1831 July 23 Southern Statesman, Jackson Tenn. p. 3 c.1. [newspapers.com]

--he [[Mr. Williams? SG ed.]] has now when most of the Colonel's earliest and best friends are deserting him, in despite of every exertion, formed an _honorable "cohoot"_ with the Colonel's faithful and trusty right hand man Friday, alias Billy, the cats-paw, and others. In this it is confidently believed, the little scribe will find at the ballot-boxes, that he has _over-reached_ himself, _he being a very little man._

Stephen Goranson

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