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FORTY YEARS AGO (1833)

BY REV. ELIJAH H. PILCHER

The house had but one room, besides sleeping rooms, so that we had to be in the presence of the family. We were both entire strangers, but we stated that we had come to attend the meeting, and were directed to call there for entertainment. They received us very kindly. As neither of us was very talkative, we soon drew forth our books from our saddle-bags and gave ourselves to reading, and the ladies attended to their culinary affairs, so as to have something good against the presiding elder came. There were two ladies. It was drawing towards noon, and they began to manifest some uneasiness, and would occasionally go to the door and look, as if expecting some one. Finally one said to the other, "I wonder if the presiding elder will come?" "Yes, " said the other, "Brother Warriner said he was a very punctual man, and would certainly be on hand. " They little thought that the presiding elder was there then, as they did not suspect that such a young-looking man would be such. We enjoyed the fun, but said nothing. They found out in due time.
SITE OF LANSING.
In one of those cross-trips, we passed up the Grand River, where Lansing now stands, little dreaming that in so few years so large a city, and that the capitol of the State, would be found there. While on this district, in 1840, I held a quarterly meeting in a barn in the town of Bedford, in Calhoun county, at one corner of which stood a large white oak tree, which had a large scar on it high up, made there by me only nine years before to find my way across to the south, so rapid had been the growth of the country. There was a very nice white school-house near by, but it was too small to accommodate the congregation.

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