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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

He kept a warehouse on the dock. With him I deposited a red chest containing a library of thirty volumes. In my pockets I had a little loose change, which, when shook up, made a different noise from that which Uncle Samuel now supplies us with. After wandering around this city, the foundation of which lay in an ancient mudhole, and forming a few acquaintances with some of the natives, and making myself familiar with them, I concluded this town was too large for me^ and consequently decided to go to the village of Niles, in this State.
On a beautiful day in the month of June, I left the city of Detroit for my new home, Mies. A stage-coach, at that time, was the only mode of public conveyance, and in it was packed one morning, in front of the Michigan Exchange, then kept by Austin E. Wales, now of Erin, a jolly company of ladies and gentlemen, on their way to different localities in the west. The driver cracked his whip, and four spirited horses started off under full gallop for about two miles, when we came to a road without a bottom. In 1836 the road between Detroit and Dearborn was the worst, probably, over which man and beast had ever traveled. The track through the Dismal Swamp was said to equal it, but both were the sepulchers of many an unfortunate being. After a ride of several hours we arrived at Dearborn,, and returned thanks for our preservation from the perils of the deep sea of mud.

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