Massilon, Ohio, 1823.
When Mayhew Folger retired as captain of the infamous Nantucket sealing ship, Topaz, he never dreamed his life would end quietly, let alone far from seafaring in a small town in the middle of the continent.
Folger rises from the desk in his study and stares from the window; it is mid January and snowing. Folger stirs coals in the fire, then examines the ship’s clock on the mantle; daylight is failing and it reminds him that the clock needs winding. As he turns the key, he knows time has come.
Being of sound mind and excellent memory, but lately abandoned by good health, Mayhew Folger wishes to record the details of his unlikely involvement in a sensational series of events. Folger’s untold story began in 1787, thirty-five years before.
Captian Mayhew Folger does not want his account of history to become public during his lifetime. When finished, Folger will seal his testimony and leave it for his heirs to judge. Folger does not wish this document to be seen until after the deaths of both he and his wife.
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