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FORTY YEARS AGO (1833)

BY REV. ELIJAH H. PILCHER


January 3, 1873 A few reminiscences of the early history of this country and the personal experience of the writer in connection with it may not be uninteresting to the members of this Pioneer Society. I was not requested to write a history of the country, though I have a large amount of material on hand; but to furnish some items of my own experience in connection with its early history. This is my apology, or sufficient explanation, for appearing so much the hero of my own story.
ARRIVAL IN MICHIGAN.
My first entrance on the soil of Michigan was on the first day of October, 1830; belonging at the time to the Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, and being assigned to the Ann Arbor circuit for that year. I came directly from Nicholas county in West Virginia, on the head waters of the Big Kanawha, where I had traveled a circuit the year before. The journey to Michigan from Virginia had to be performed on horseback. So the young itinerant preacher performed it in this way, carrying all his wardrobe and library in his saddle-bags. The preceding year he had received only sixty-seven dollars for his services, so that when he reached Ann Arbor, the head of his circuit, he found himself in possession of only ten cents in cash. But he was among his brethren.

MICHIGAN


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