From Claiborne's preface to the work: "As originally written, the narrative was almost literally in his [Dale's] own words. In the present memoir I have preserved his language in many parts, and faithfully expressed his opinions." The first passage...
In the letter Foster asks the governor to grant him parole: "If you and the Board will parole me Governor I swear by all the true Gods that ever existed that I will ever reverence the Alabama Board of Pardons, and hold perpetually as my Trinity,...
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