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EARLY MICHIGAN

MICHIGAN TERRITORY IN 1820

I was aware I could not sell it. Late in the afternoon my friend Williams was hunting for me to inform me the captain of the vessel had taken out a warrant to arrest me for a breach of contract for not returning for the cargo, as he had heard from some source I would not. I was. not long paying my bill at the hotel, and struct out for the beach of the lake. I traveled some time after dark, I think about 15 miles. Was out of the state and safe. That was the first and only time I ever ran away from an officer. I stopped over night at a log hut near the beach. The man had a squaw for his wife. I took to the beach next morning, by way of Michigan City and Laporte, home. I also ran another raft the next year, 1834, down the river to the lake. In the month of June, 1836, I sold my mill and 400 acres of heavy timber land adjoining, for $4, 500, and other lands, etc., for $1, 500. Chicago was then heard of. Some thought it might make a smart town. I thought I might speculate. I went there on horseback with $6, 000 on my person. I could then have bought hundreds of acres now covered with buildings. I did not invest. I thought it only a mushroom town located on a wet marsh. There had been considerable improvement made since I saw it three years previous, in very cheap houses, even a small brick one. I returned with my money. I bought that summer twenty two hundred acres of land in Branch and St. Joseph counties and the following fall bought and built on Broad street.
THE EARLY SURVEYS OF MICHIGAN
Washington, Mich June 12, 1886. Harriet A. Teriney, Recording Sec, State Pioneer Societi Lansing: Madam—I enclose to your address a paper in reference to' the public land, surveys of Michigan, which may be of interest and worthy of preservation.

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