Monroe Edwards (1808–1847) was an American slave trader who was
convicted of forgery after a well-publicized trial in 1842. Originally
from Kentucky, Edwards moved to New Orleans, then settled in Texas. He
smuggled slaves into Brazil in 1832 and into Texas in 1836. After a
swindle, he was forced to flee the Republic of Texas to the United
States. He tried to scam money out of various abolitionists in the
United States and the United Kingdom, partly with forged letters of
introduction. He then forged letters from cotton brokers in New Orleans,
which he used to secure bank drafts for large sums. His fabrications
caught up with him and he was arrested and tried. Convicted partly
because his distinctive good looks made him memorable and easily
recognizable, and partly from repetitive spelling errors in his
forgeries, Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and died while
incarcerated. He is mentioned in Herman Melville's 1853 short story
"Bartleby, the Scrivener".
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