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Text for Page 124 [01-03-1853]

              They talk of hogs, and the �crops�.    They are prone to thrust
themselves forwards in verbose, dreary talk, with �what they
think�, what �they should have done in such a case.�    I don�t
know one great name sprung from the clod-hopping fraternity.
  A gentleman-farmer, one who reads, thinks, and is of good
stock  is one of the finest fellows in the world; but your�e
clods are more �tolerable & not to be endured� than the
city-fast man or keen-witted mechanic, spite of all their vices.
  4.  Tuesday.    Down to the town, to get the horse rough
shod, &c after packing up & adieus at the house.    At
about noon  off with Heylyn in the cutter, (or little sleigh,)
for West Bergen & Mr Hall�s.       Not much snow having
fallen, our progress was somewhat difficult.   We were icy
cold, spite of the buffalo-skins, and ere long my beard &
moustache were covered with ice.     Country all bare &
wintry, tall trees starting up from congealed snow fields,
no sound even of axe to be heard; � only our own sleigh
bells.         Arrived at Halls, we met Homer on the road,
sitting behind a team & jogging on to his own house.   A few
words passed, and we then went to the house.   Old Mr
Hall proved to be in Canada, having been there some three
weeks or more, but was daily expected home.   Talk
with them all, & with Homer, who soon came in.  Now               
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