As Professor Patell mentioned in lecture on Wednesday, the narrator’s allusion to the Colt murder creates a specter of violence that hovers over the story “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” The Colt Murder refers to the murder of Samuel Adams by John C Colt in 1841 after Adams tried to collect payment from Colt. I investigated the Colt Murder two years ago, the last time I served as a section-leader in Writing New York, in part because I work on violence in maritime literature, and I