A Discourse Embodying Facts Connected with the Early Settlement and Growth of Mount Morris: Delivered at the Dedication of the Presbyterian Church Edifice, February 1, 1855 (Classic Reprint) by Darwin Chichester (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from A Discourse Embodying Facts Connected With the Early Settlement and Growth of Mount Morris: Delivered at the Dedication of the Presbyterian Church Edifice, February 1, 1855 We have met, to-day, my hearers, and dedicated this house of worship. We have engaged in these interesting services with various emotions; we are in a new edifice. This pulpit, and these slips, and galleries, and windows, and walls and lamps are new; they have yet upon our minds all the charm of velty - and, it is in the fresh light of this new scene, that I propose to contemplate the past. The old is always seen in the most vivid light, when in contrast with the new - and, by choosing this time and place to paint the past of this community, I have all the advantages of a striking light for my picture. In the sketch to be drawn, I would first direct the eye of my audience to the dim objects which lie in the dark and far off back-ground. Go back with me sixty-five years, to the period 1790, and imagine yourselves standing upon the site of this village. Most of the tall forest trees on this spot, have been burnt down by the Indians. Here and there, stands one, spreading out its dead and blackened limbs - around is a thick undergrowth of oak saplings, and, scattered through these openings, appear a few Indian wigwams. In the place of roads, are some hard beaten paths, leading to the different dwellings. This is the site of Mt. Morris. As you look off to the rth, as you turn to the rising ground on the west, as you face the south, you are met on each side by an unbroken forest; but, as you turn to the east, broad and beautiful bottom-lands are at your feet, as treeless, and shrubless then as at this day. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.