After reaching the lake country north and west of Pontiac,
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Early Michigan

Oliver Williams

After reaching the lake country north and west of Pontiac, finding those beautiful plains covered with a luxuriant growth of grass and flowers, splendid open forests free from underbrush, abounding with deer and birds, the lakes alive with fish, and covered with water fowls, all so tame as scarcely to fear the presence of man; the little party fairly clapped their hands with joy for having found a place so beautiful for their homes.
The most graphic description of that section I have ever seen is to be found in a book entitled " Memoir, Letters, and Remains of Alexis De Tocqueville," written in 1831, and perhaps I cannot do better than to give you a short quotation from his " Fortnight in the Wilderness." " After we left Mr. Williams, we pursued our road through the woods. From time to time a little lake (this district is full of them) shines like a white table cloth under the green branches.1 The charm of these lonely spots, as yet untenanted by man, and where peace and silence reign undisturbed, can hardly be imagined.

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