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Bygones Some Things Not Generally Known in the History of Northfield, New Hampshire
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Excerpt from Bygones Some Things Not Generally Known in the History of Northfield, New Hampshire The story of border and pioneer life is always an interesting, but not always a pleasant, one. Variety it may have, and every day adventure, comedy, and tragedy, perhaps, though it might Give you no pleasureOr add to your treasureCould I weave it into a song. Will Carlton says: "It isn't the funniest thing a man can do, Existing in a country when 'tis new.Nature, who moved in first a good long whileHas things already somewhat her own style.She don't want things exposed from porch to closetAnd so she kind o-nags the one who does it.She loves her ague muscle to displayAnd shake him up most every other day.She finds time 'mong her other family caresTo keep in stock good wildcats, wolves, and bears, And those who've wrestled with his bloody artSay, 'Nature always takes the Indian's part.'" Canterbury, which means Northfield as well, was for a long time the extreme border town. It was granted to Richard Waldron and others in 1727, and was incorporated in 1741. The Scotch Irish from Londonderry took possession of the Merrimack River Intervale in 1721. An old house near the site of the "Muchido" was used as a fort, and must have seen many sieges, for when it was torn down, bullets were found embedded in the oaken walls, and others between the walls and wainscot. There was also a fort farther back on the hill, commanded by Capt. Jeremiah Clough, which was also a depot for provisions and a rendezvous for provincial troops during Lovewell's and the French and Indian wars, and a strong guard was always kept there. Not only did the garrison have to contend with wild beasts, and the more cruel Indian, but there was a bitter jealousy between them and the Rumford colony just below them. Canterbury was a New Hampshire settlement, incorporated by the New Hampshire government, and settled by New Hampshire people, while Rumford was settled by Massachusetts people, and incorporated by the "Great and General Court," and the people looked to it for help and protection. They were angry that Canterbury was supplied with provisions and a competent force of troops, and this feeling did not entirely die out, until the brave soldiers of the two settlements had fought side by side in the many fast-following wars. Capt. Jeremiah Clough, who was later well known in Revolutionary history, was here furnished with scouts, who roamed the wooded acres of Northfield long before a settler dared, choose a home away from under the shelter of the fort. 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 technology 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.
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