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BATTLE CREEK

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

and gradually falling back, it disappeared from the list of villages. Gen. Convis was elected, in 1835, a member of the lower house of our first Legislature, and was made the first speaker of that House. He was re-elected a representative for the second term. It was during the winter of 1837-1838 while attending the Legislature in Detroit, he with' a number of members was invited by Mr. Ten Eyck, the famous old landlord, to attend the wedding of his daughter, at his well-known tavern, some ten miles from the city. The party went to the wedding in sleighs. It was while on their way back to Detroit that the sleigh upset and Gen. Convis was seriously injured, I think in the side. He was taken to the city, and his wife sent for, but he never recovered. Mrs. Convis stayed with him until he died. Gen. Convis was a man whose strength lay chiefly in his general ability. He was fond of society, courteous, of gentlemanly bearing, and in regard to business he was energetic and industrious in whatever enterprise he engaged. In person he was some five feet ten, of erect carriage, and was universally pronounced a handsome man. He was widely known; I find, on enquiring among the old settlers, that they generally have a distinct recollection of him. He had a decided turn for politics and enough of the suaviter in modo to make himself popular among the people.

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