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

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 16 18:44:07 UTC 2020

Oho! And an allusion to the presumable original sense of "overreached


On Wed, Jan 15, 2020, 1:21 PM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> 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]
> <start>
> --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
> http://people.duke.edu/~goranson/
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