Retrospections of an Active Life

Retrospections of an Active Life

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Retrospections of an Active Life

Retrospections of an Active Life

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Looking back on my life, I realize more and more how trifling was my share of influence in shaping it. The marriage of my eldest sister to a gentleman from Troy and his establishment there in business gave mine a direction of which I little foresaw the importance.

Mr. Kellogg belonged to a New England family which had settled in Troy before he was born. Unlike most New Englanders of that period, he had become an ardent Episcopalian.

The more wealthy citizens of Troy at that period, so far as I had the means of judging, seemed also to be of that communion, and for the education of their children a few of them had established a school on the eastern hillside of Troy, called the Walnut Grove Academy. It is not strange that the propriety of sending me to that school under the guardianship of my sister was discussed in family council and finally adopted.

The preparations for fitting me out absorbed for a fortnight or more the energies of pretty much the entire household. The only feature of it which seems to me now worth recording is the fact that an entire new suit of clothes had to be manufactured for me from wool grown by our own sheep and spun in our own house, and made up by a tailor, one of whose legs was shorter than the other, residing in a neighboring village, who came to our house to do his part of the work of turning this cloth into garments for my use. Our village had as yet produced no tailor of its own. I remember with painful distinctness the instructions given to Mr. Snip by my father, to be sure to make the garments large, as I was growing very rapidly.

Our journey to Troy was an event. We embarked on board . . .

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