Recollections of a Long Life: An Autobiography by Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Recollections of a Long Life: An Autobiography by Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

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Recollections of a Long Life: An Autobiography by Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Recollections of a Long Life: An Autobiography by Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

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WASHINGTON IRVING has somewhere said that it is a happy thing to have been born near some noble mountain or attractive river or lake, which should be a landmark through all the journey of life, and to which we could tether our memory. I have always been thankful that the place of my nativity was the beautiful village of Aurora, on the shores of the Cayuga Lake in Western New York. My great-grandfather, General Benjamin Ledyard, was one of its first settlers, and came there in 1794. He was a native of New London County, Ct., a nephew of Col. William Ledyard, the heroic martyr of Fort Griswold, and the cousin of John Ledyard, the celebrated traveller, whose biography was written by Jared Sparks. When General Ledyard came to Aurora some of the Cayuga tribe of Indians were still lingering along the lakeside, and an . . .

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