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EARLY RECOLLECTIONS

BY WM. C. HOYT
June 7th, 1873

A ride in a stage-coach is different from a ride in a railroad car. The former vehicle usually contains three seats, on the inside of which are packed in close proximity, from nine to twelve persons. On the outside, on the front seat, sits the driver, with two or three passengers; on top is stowed away baggage and several more persons. The boot in the rear contains the trunks. When the journey continues two, three or four days, the passengers form many agreeable and friendly acquaintances; time passes away pleasantly; young ladies chat and spark with young men; old men tell stories; other sing songs or whistle familiar airs.
At Niles, a beautiful village on the St. Joseph river, was my home in the summer and fall of 1836. It then contained a population of about 400 or 500 persons, mixed, of course, but I found there men and women from the aristocratic circles of Philadelphia and New York, possessing much intelligence, wealth, and industry. There then resided George and Hoffman, Jacob, and Dr. Wm. B. Beeson, Vincent L. Bradford, a distinguished lawyer from Philadelphia; Chipman, commonly known as "White Chipman, " Jewett Trombly, Mr. and Mrs. Graves, parents of Mrs. Gen. Morrow, and others, the memory}' of whom suggests many pleasant recollections. Certain business matters called me back to the State of New York, and in the fall of that year I entered a lawyer's office in the city of Buffalo. Here I studied my profession, in due time married, and in the summer of 1842. pitched my tent in the village of Milford, Oakland county, in this State,

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