Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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of great enterprise, energetick in business. and possessed of a high degree of patriotism, he launched forth on the frontiers at in the year 1800; (if I recollect right;) where he immediately commenced trading with the Indians. He left his family in Tunbridge on his farm; and while he was engaged in business at he visited them, sometimes once a year, eighteen months, and two years— just as it happened.
“I visited Nov. 1st 1820. where I found the Maj. merchandizing upon quite an extensive scale; having six clerks in one store; besides this he had many other stores in the ; as well as stores in various parts of . His business at Pontiac, was principally farming and building; but in order to facilitate these two branches of business he set in opperation, a saw and grist mill, and afterwards added the different branches of mechanism. He made the turnpike from to Pontiac at his own expense. He also did considerable other <public> work for the purpose of giving employment to the poor. He never encouraged idleness or the man above his business. ¶ In 1828, having been absent from a short time I returned: the Maj. was then a member of the council of the , in which he had acted a very conspicuous part in enhancing its prosperity and enlarging its settlement; and it was a common saying, that he had done much more for the than any other individual:— in short the Maj. was a man of talents of the first order: he was energetick and entiring; and always encouraging industry. And he was verry cautious how he applied his acts of charity.
Respectfully by
Horace Stanly [p. 21]
of great enterprise, energetick in business. and possessed of a high degree of patriotism, he launched forth on the frontiers at in the year 1800; (if I recollect right;) where he immediately commenced trading with the Indians. He left his family in Tunbridge on his farm; and while he was engaged in business at he visited them, sometimes once a year, eighteen months, and two years— just as it happened.
“I visited Nov. 1st 1820. where I found the Maj. merchandizing upon quite an extensive scale; having six clerks in one store; besides this he had many other stores in the ; as well as stores in various parts of . His business at Pontiac, was principally farming and building; but in order to facilitate these two branches of business he set in opperation, a saw and grist mill, and afterwards added the different branches of mechanism. He made the turnpike from to Pontiac at his own expense. He also did considerable other public work for the purpose of giving employment to the poor. He never encouraged idleness or the man above his business. ¶ In 1828, having been absent from a short time I returned: the Maj. was then a member of the council of the , in which he had acted a very conspicuous part in enhancing its prosperity and enlarging its settlement; and it was a common saying, that he had done much more for the than any other individual:— in short the Maj. was a man of talents of the first order: he was energetick and entiring; and always encouraging industry. And he was verry cautious how he applied his acts of charity.
Respectfully by
Horace Stanly [p. 21]
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