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Reminiscences of a Canadian Pioneer for the last Fifty Years

An Autobiography

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Author: Samuel Thompson
Published: 1884
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,529 / 278 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.3
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 514
Added to site: 2011.09.24 30798
Genre: Biography

wing notice of my uncle, which forms a sad sequel to a long career of untiring enthusiasm in the service of his fellow-creatures. It is the closing paragraph of an article headed "Bordentown and the Bonapartes," from the pen of Joseph B. Gilder:

"It yet remains to say a few words of Dr. John Isaac Hawkins--civil engineer, inventor, poet, preacher, phrenologist and 'mentor-general to mankind,'--who visited the village towards the close of the last century, married and lived there for many years; then disappeared, and, after a long absence, returned a gray old man, with a wife barely out of her teens. 'This isn't the wife you, took away, doctor,' some one ventured to remark. 'No,' the blushing girl replied, 'and he's buried one between us.' The poor fellow had hard work to gain a livelihood. For a time, the ladies paid him to lecture to them in their parlours; but when he brought a bag of skulls, and the heart and windpipe of his [adopted] son preserved in spirits, they would have nothing more to do with



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