Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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carry them, was nearly 14 miles. To carry so many thus far, was truly fatigueing; insomuch, that, when we arrived at the place of destination, my strength was about exhausted.
“I proceeded immediately to for the purpose of getting supplies; and returned again to the army as soon as circumstances would admit.
“Autumn having now arrived I went home; where I tarried the ensuing winter.
“In the spring of 1759 the army marched to Crownpoint, where I received my discharge. In the same year I became acquainted with an accomplished young woman, a school teacher, by the name of Lydia Gates. She was the daughter of one Nathan Gates, who was a man of wealth living in the Town of East Haddam <​Con.​>. To this young woman I was married, shortly after becoming acquainted with her
“Having received a large amount of money for my services in the army, and deeming it prudent to make an investment of the same in real estate, I contracted for the whole town of Granville <​New York​>; <​and,​> on the of the deed, I paid all the money that was required in the stipulation. Which stipulation also called for the building of a number of log houses; I accordingly went to work to fulfill this part of the contract; but laboring a short time I had the misfortune to cut my leg, which subjected me during the rem that season to the care of the physician. In order to fulfill the my part of the contract, I hired a man to do the work, and paid him in advance—; but he ran away with the money, without performing the labor, and the result<​consequence​> was, I lost the land altogether
“In 1761, we moved to the town of Marlow; in which <​where​> we remained until we had four children. When we moved there it was no other than a desolate and [p. 5]
carry them, was nearly 14 miles. To carry so many thus far, was truly fatigueing; insomuch, that, when we arrived at the place of destination, my strength was about exhausted.
“I proceeded immediately to for the purpose of getting supplies; and returned again to the army as soon as circumstances would admit.
“Autumn having now arrived I went home; where I tarried the ensuing winter.
“In the spring of 1759 the army marched to Crownpoint, where I received my discharge. In the same year I became acquainted with an accomplished young woman, a school teacher, by the name of Lydia Gates. She was the daughter of one Nathan Gates, who was a man of wealth living in the Town of East Haddam Con.. To this young woman I was married, shortly after becoming acquainted with her
“Having received a large amount of money for my services in the army, and deeming it prudent to make an investment of the same in real estate, I contracted for the whole town of Granville New York; and, on the of the deed, paid all the money that was required in the stipulation. Which stipulation also called for the building of a number of log houses; I accordingly went to work to fulfill this part of the contract; but laboring a short time I had the misfortune to cut my leg, which subjected me during that season to the care of the physician. In order to fulfill my part of the contract, I hired a man to do the work, and paid him in advance—; but he ran away with the money, without performing the labor, and the consequence was, I lost the land altogether
“In 1761, we moved to the town of Marlow; where we remained until we had four children. When we moved there it was no other than a desolate and [p. 5]
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