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FORTY YEARS AGO (1833)

BY REV. ELIJAH H. PILCHER

Soon after entering the wood we heard low voices, at which we arranged ourselves abreast, putting the one with nothing in the middle, and rode slowly on. After a little we met and passed two men who vs ere conversing quietly together, and emerged from the wood, without molestation, greatly to our relief. But when we reached the house of our brother, and asked for lodging, he called out, "Who are you?" We informed him. Then he said, "What do you come here for at this time of night ?" We told him we had been delayed on the way. Said he, "We are all sick. " We replied we wanted nothing, as we had had tea. Said he, "Our beds are all full. " We said we had enough, and only wanted a place to lie down. Said he, "We are all sick and our beds are all full, and there is a tavern not far" off. " We suspected what we afterwards learned to be the fact, that they were as well as usual and had plenty of room. However, we bade him good-bye, and rode two miles farther to find a hotel. These are some of the things which enter into the life of an itinerant minister, a part of whose salary was that "he should board around, " and serve as the spice of life.
A REVISED CIRCUIT.
The next year the boundaries of my circuit were somewhat changed, so that it included Washtenaw county, except Ypsilanti, Jackson, Calhoun, Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties, requiring about four hundred miles travel and to preach twenty-seven times regularly every four weeks. In order to get around this circuit I had to make my own road on the west end of it. The first settlement of this State was mostly in nearly parallel lines, following the great Indian tracks which centered at Detroit. One followed the Chicago road, through the southern tier of counties;

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