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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

The capitals, which consisted of many strokes or lines, were all uniformly done in red, blue, yellow, and black, each line being a distinct color, but the small letters were all black. It was, really, the most elegant specimen of penmanship that I ever saw, and it must have cost some poor old monk many long years of hard labor. Mr. Throop always took his meals alone, by himself, unless he had invited guests. Mr. Throop having been born in the year 1784, he, of course, was reared and educated in the old school, when customs and practices prevailed which were entirely unlike those of the present times. Mr. Throop was more than forty years old when the first public temperance movement was inaugurated. In those good, old times, all of us were in the habit of occasionally taking a "wee drap of the good cratur, " and its use by any one, whether priest or layman, was not considered as a reprehensible act, unless they drank to excess. Now, Mr. Throop did nothing more, nor less, than simply to still adhere to an old, time-honored custom of continuing the ardent on his table at meal times. On certain great state occasions, and on national holidays, such as the 4th of July, and the 8th of January, Mr. Throop ordered his table to be laid for several distinguished guests, who were to dine with him at his Spring Brook. Mansion.

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