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REMINISCENCES

BY C. A. LAMB.
Written June, 1874

The captain offered to take us through, and find us on the way, for what our naked fare would be, and find ourselves, on the steamboat. So I got all on board about the 27th of August, and we launched out on our voyage; and between adverse winds and calms, with some favorable breezes, we brought up at the wharf in Detroit on the morning of September 6th, 1829. My mind still was placed on Troy. I soon learned, however, that they had made an engagement with Brother Booth, and that he was expected on the ground in a short time; and as I afterwards learned, he did arrive in a few days after I did. Among my effects I had brought a fine young beast, and a light wagon and harness. So after getting what few articles of household stuff we had stored, I tackled my beast to my wagon and started for Bloomfield, where my father-in-law had settled. I found the roads had not greatly improved since my former visit. For a few miles out of the city it had been causewayed with logs and covered with earth; after that for a considerable distance the logs were laid, but were bare, and some of them had rotted and broken away, so that my horse had to make long strides, and my wagon got safely over by letting it go empty. Next came a section of alternate water and mud-holes, interspersed with patches of dry road. We however succeeded in reaching my father-in-law's a little before night, and were made quite welcome.

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