The History of Norway [Me ]

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 150 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1852 Excerpt: ... kind be laid on any part of the land contained within the bounds of Lee's Grant until the expiration of ten years from the passing of this act. Sect. 2.--Be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, that Enoch Perley, Esq., be, and he is hereby empowered to issue his warrant, directed to some suitable inhabitant of the said town of Norway, requiring him to notify and warn the inhabitants thereof, to meet at some convenient time and place for the purpose of choosing all such officers as towns are by law required to choose in the months of March or April, annually. This act passed March 9, 1797. Gentle reader, we have now got into Norway;--not the beautiful Norway of the present day, but Norway in its infancy. I have conducted you through a long journey, and mostly through a dreary wilderness. We have wandered, not quite so long a time as the children of Israel did in reaching the promised land, but for the space of almost ten years after females first showed themselves in the plantation, which was in the spring of 1787. Our ancestors, the first settlers, waded, not through seas of blood, like some mighty conquerors, but through mud and water, thick forests, burnt trees, and black logs, oftentimes suffering hunger and hardships. They were thinly scattered about in small clearings dotted here and there with little huts, log houses and log hovels, many of them surrounded with large families of young children, many times poorly clad, and poorly fed. Yet think not that "they were of all men," and women, "the most miserable;" for if we may believe the testimony of the few who are still living, we shall find that they had their comforts and consolations as much, or more, than at the present day. As a general thing, they were like a band of brothers, and stood...

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