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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

She therefore took the gobbler feathers, which were so richly and beautifully diversified in forms and colors, and arranged them into patterns and figures, and sewed them upon cloth in such a manner that, when completed, it proved to be a very elegant lady's cape. Gov. Throop, on seeing that cape,, so much admired it, that he bought it, and paid her twenty-five dollars for it, and sent it to his niece, in New York.
Mr. Throop continued to board with Mr. Vradenburg for a considerable length of time after his first purchase in 1847, but during all that time he was actively engaged in his preparations for making a beginning on his farm. At length he secured the services of a Scotchman and his wife, the woman to attend to household duties, and the man to look after outdoor matters. All things finally being ready, Mr. Throop, with Mr. and Mrs. Fox, went into and began housekeeping in the old log house that had been built by Elsie 11 years before. Fox and wife remained there for a considerable length of time, and Mrs. Fox died there. Mr. Throop having come here for the express purpose of carefully searching out and finding a place on which to make "improvements, " had not arrived at the very acme of his most extravagant aspirations. Different tenants had occupied the farm for a few years previously, and consequently all the fixtures were much impaired. Although Gov. Throop's physical structure was of the tall, thin, light, fragile make, yet his giant intellect, his sleepless energy, far-reaching enterprise, and wonderful perseverance admirably fitted him for the emergencies before him.

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