The back story to the memoirs:
In 1816, Lieutenant Richard C. Smyth, formerly of the United States army [23rd Infantry], was executed at Philadelphia for the murder of Captain John Carson, of the merchant service. This execution was memorable because it was the first one that had occurred in the city since the close of the preceding century. The cause was wild passion and infatuation which the criminal felt towards a wicked and misguided woman, the wife of Carson.
. Memoirs of Ann Carson:
Mrs. Ann Carson, nee Baker, was born in 1785, to Thomas Baker and Jane McCutcheon.