The Strange Story of Harper's Ferry

With Legends of the Surrounding Country

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Author: Joseph Barry
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 76,235 / 224 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.7
LoC Category: F
Downloads: 574
Added to site: 2011.09.01
mnybks.net#: 30683
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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whole thing of creation and human existence means. Perhaps they know it all now and, perhaps, they do =not=. Any way, their tongues will not disturb one's meditations, and it may be that their silence will furnish a wholesome homily on the nothingness of this life and the vanity of all earthly pursuits.

Robert Harper, from whom the place gets its name, was a native of Oxford in England. He was born about the year 1703 and, at the age of twenty years, he emigrated to Philadelphia where he prosecuted the business of architecture and millwrighting. He erected a church for the Protestant Episcopalians in Frankfort, which edifice, however, through some defect of title, was afterwards lost to the congregation for which it was built. In 1747 he was engaged by some members of the Society of "Friends" to erect a meeting-house for that denomination on the Opequon river, near the site of the present city of Winchester, Virginia, and, while on his way through the then unbroken wilderness to fulfill his contract, h

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