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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

His general reading and culture, his close observation of men and things, and his fine colloquial powers made him an agreeable and companionable man. The appreciation of the man was noticeable. What was worth enjoying he got. His cheerfulness was also worthy of note. He was no great laugher but a most appreciative one. Who of his old friends will ever forget that round, hearty laugh of Moses Hall—a laugh that could ever be considered as merited applause to the witty things and good points made in the conversation. "Undoubtedly the fullest meed of praise that was ever given to one of old Deacon Cowles's inimitably droll stories was Moses Hall going into convulsive laughter over it.
JOSEPH MERRITT.
In the year 1835 Jonathan Hart and his three brothers-in-law, Abraham, Joseph, and Isaac Merritt, purchased a half interest in the village of Battle Creek of Gen. Convis and Nathaniel Barney. Sands McCamly had platted the village and they became joint owners with him, including an interest in the water-power. Hart came from Washington county, and the Merritts from Saratoga county, New York. They all belonged to the religious order of Friends or Quakers, and were all men of marked ability, sterling integrity, and possessed comprehensive views of men and things. Mr. Hart, Joseph and Isaac Merritt removed here in 1837. They brought with them their liberal and pacific principles, condemning no man who differed with them in religious belief, and were ever found faithful to th* observance of their own tenets; always claiming that every one should be allowed the privilege of worshipping God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

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