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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

He met, at Marshall, Rev. J. D. Pierce, from whom he-purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, lying just east of the limits of the present city of Battle Creek, giving him fourteen shillings per acre. There was some improvement on this land. After visiting the new settlement of Battle Creek, he turned his steps homeward, little thinking that he would ever see his western land again, as he considered the purchase only a speculative venture. Yet having turned to Vermont, the more he compared the two countries the more he was persuaded that the narrow valleys and rugged mountains of his native State were inferior to the beautiful openings and broad fertile plains of Michigan. And although he could say of his native place: "I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills. " yet Michigan had fascinated him. He had seen her in all her summer grand-cur, when she was arrayed in all her wild beauty of leaf and flower; and these views were impressed upon his mind; and when he thought of still longer abiding in his old home among the hills, he heard a whispering from the far west, "if you seek a home in a beautiful land, behold it here!" The new country had won him. The next summer, having procured a fine team of horses, and an emigrant wagon, which he arranged conveniently for the comfort of himself and family, he bade good-bye to his old Vermont home, and started out, on his long journey, for the new home to be secured in the far west.

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