Pioneers of Scioto County; Being a Short Biographical Sketch of Some of the First Settlers of Scioto County, Ohio

Pioneers of Scioto County; Being a Short Biographical Sketch of Some of the First Settlers of Scioto County, Ohio : Comprising Such Historical Matter and Anecdotes of the Early Settlement of the County as Could Be Collected at the Present

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...kind of books he read, but trusted to his own good sense to ward elf injury from the false sentiments of others. He read all the works of Voltaire; especially the histories of Rousseau etc., but he was not confined to the French; he read English nearly as readily. Very often he sent to Portsmouth and would receive books by the box; in a month or so he had finished them, sent them back and got a new supply. We have very few men now who read as he did, and few farmers who are as familiar as he was.with history, philosophy, mathe matics, ethice, music and poetry. But how did he, a farmer, get time to do so much reading? The shortest answer is, he simply took it. It was his regular custom to read one hour after dinner; after he retired, his flambcau was hung at his bed side and he would read till sleep closed his eyes. He is said never to have been seen to take a seat and fold his hands in listlessness; either he was at some useful work or he was holding sweet converse with some great one through his writings. We no more wonder that his mind was well stored. In religion he was far from superstitions; indeed, I have conversed with one who charged him with skepticism; but this impression no doubt arose from his cool, common sense way of talking on all subjects. In the Roman church he saw what he could never approve, but when he heard Protestants groundlessly, as he thought, accuse her, be warmly defended her. When all were alarmed b the earthquakes he paid unusuafattention to religious duties. He believed little in the efioacy of rites, forms, fast: and ceremonies, but considered a blameless life the surest passport to future felicity. He was'scraplously exact in his dealings with his fello'ws, and far above purse or possessions valued more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236867130
  • 9781236867131