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Bob Goodwin
re: Roger Pocock's adventurous ride - A Response
Tue Mar 6, 2018 5:36am
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Dan,

You obfuscate the true purpose of your initial post, that is: Since Roger Pocock did not actually get to Robbers Roost, as a casual reading of his works might suggest, then what he wrote, concerning Robbers Roost, or otherwise cannot be trusted as a source. While my point is that Roger Pocock was truthful, never claiming that he did enter the Roost, despite the possible illusion that he might have. Therefore, he can be trusted as a source. On the whole, his account is insightful, as well as amusing, and gives a good account as to the status of the outlaw west in 1899.

  • Re: Roger Pocock's adventurous ride - A ResponseDaniel Buck, Tue Mar 6 3:30am
    Bob, All quite informative, but it elides the point of my post, that in spite of Roger Pocock's suggestions in his autobiography, A Frontiersman, and the assertions of his biographer, Geoffrey A.... more
    • re: Roger Pocock's adventurous ride - A Response — Bob Goodwin, Tue Mar 6 5:36am
      • re: Roger Pocock's adventurous ride - A ResponseDaniel Buck, Tue Mar 6 5:54am
        Bob, What I wrote was this: "It does appear that Pocock actually made the journey. In late November 1899, New Mexico newspapers reported him being found lost and starving near Deming. In late January ... more
        • re; Roger Pocock etc.Bob Goodwin, Wed Mar 7 12:40pm
          Dan, The bigger question is how much can Roger Pocock be trusted. Yes, he exaggerated, but he does not seem to invent his stories. They are based on core facts, not inventions. He also editorializes. ... more
          • Re: re; Roger Pocock etc.Daniel Buck, Wed Mar 7 2:30pm
            Bob, I'm not sure there is much disagreement between us -- especially because we are both skeptical & attentive (you even more than I on the latter score) readers. That said, three thoughts. His book ... more
          • PocokBob Goodwin, Wed Mar 7 12:44pm
            The bottom line is that I think he can be trusted, in general, you just have to know when he is trying to pull your Calavaras County leg.
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