I remained with my family on Clench until the sixth of June,1774, when I and one Michael Stoner were solicited by Governor Dunmore, of Virginia, to go to the Falls of the Ohio, to conduct into the settlement
a number of surveyors that had been sent thither by him some months before; this country having about this time drawn the attention of many adventurers.
The subject of marriage settlements
is one of them.
Invited and urged by the open-hearted and truly benevolent people who had given them an asylum from the persecution of their own kindred to form their settlement
within the territories then under their jurisdiction, the love of their country predominated over every influence save that of conscience alone, and they preferred the precarious chance of relaxation from the bigoted rigor of the English Government to the certain liberality and alluring offers of the Hollanders.
I considered, as a great public acquisition, the commencement of a settlement
on that point of the western coast of America, and looked forward with gratification to the time when its descendants should have spread themselves through the whole length of that coast, covering it with free and independent Americans, unconnected with us but by the ties of blood and interest, and enjoying like us the rights of self-government.
They were now keeping farther to the north, striking out more directly from the settlements
, and into a region of which savage beasts and savage men were as yet the sole possessors.
He must move by slow and irksome marches back to the east coast, or at least to the first white settlement
in that direction.
If I ever meet with the man who fulfills my ideal, I shall make it a condition of the marriage settlement
, that I am to have chocolate under the pillow.
I filled my tubs with the sweetest honey I ever sent to the settlements
, besides housing a dozen hives; and your bag was near bursting with a crawling museum.
I had been told that ours was the only wooden house west of Black Hawk--until you came to the Norwegian settlement
, where there were several.
Conspicuous among the dusty passengers, the two pretty and youthful faces of the daughters of Philip Carr, mining superintendent and engineer, looked from the windows with no little anxiety towards their future home in the straggling settlement
below, that occasionally came in view at the turns of the long zigzagging road.
Certain it is that, some fifteen or twenty years after the settlement
of the town, the wooden jail was already marked with weather-stains and other indications of age, which gave a yet darker aspect to its beetle-browed and gloomy front.
As to how you are living now, or as to what settlement
you have made with your landlady, I know not, for you write nothing concerning those two points, and seem purposely to have left them unmentioned.