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Misc Stories

BY EPHRAIM S. WILLIAMS

In the name of the sovereign people of the territory of Michigan, and in accordance with the laws enacted by the government and council, and approved by the president of the United States of America; and Whereas, one Joseph Streight proposes to marry one_ Betsey Bates, and the said people have sworn by the holy St. John and the big horn spoon there is no legal impediment to the contrary; ''Now, therefore, this is to permit the said Joseph to be joined in holy wedlock to the said Betsey, and may the Lord have mercy on his soul. "Given under my hand at M--------, this — day of-----—, 1832. About twenty five years after the foregoing the writer was introduced in the corridor of the state house at Lansing, to Rev. Mr. B., of Albion. The reverend gentleman scanning the writer closely for a moment, said: "Are you Mr. R;, ''-Who a long time since lived in the town of M., Wayne county? I am "Was you town clerk?" "Yes, why?" "I was then just commencing to preach; was filling an appointment in a little log school house in what was known as the Mud street settlement. After the service I was approached by: • a rustic lad with an application to perform the marriage ceremony, lea l said, 'if it is close by. ' O, ' he replied, 'my gal is here and we'll have the job done right now, and here is my license. ' Well, by the time I had read that unique document (which I still keep and laugh over with my clerical -brethren as a relic of pioneer days and its many crudities) and partially recovered from the convulsive laughter it occasioned, the parties came in ana were duly spliced. " ¦ "Now, Mr. B., " said I, "did you not preach your first public sermon one warm summer day in the shade of some trees near the residence of a family by the name of Bird, in that same settlement?" "I think that is so. "Yes, and I was present; thought you rather green but would improve By practice. Good day, elder!"

Michigan


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