A few years back I tried to start a blog where I planned to post my transcription of some old family papers – Glimpses of the Past – It was fun while it lasted, but life interfered and I lost the flow of it. Now I’ve decided to start in on some more of the transcription – and I’ll probably post some of it here. In the meantime – here’s a letter I had a lot of fun with:
Meet Abbie Davidson
This was written by Abbie Davidson — the Granddaughter of Robert Dinsmoor, the “Rustic Bard” (More of his work to come later!). She would later marry Sewell Grimes (in 1868), and give birth to both Abigail and Lucy Grimes (who also have their own share of documents). Abbie Davidson is my great-great-great Grandmother.
Bracketed pieces in the transcription are words I’m not positive I have correct.
One lovely evening in June, some members of the family in which I then resided, proposed taking a walk to which we all gladly assented, and accordingly set out.
There were in all, nine persons, & together, we constituted a joyous party. We first passed through a delightful grove [Till] we came to the bank of the river, where was an encampment of Indians. After spending as much time as we wished in looking at their [cabins]& manner of living, we were preparing to leave for home, when two gentlemen came in a boat, from the opposite shore, & said ‘if we would like to cross the river, they would go over with us’. This was just what we wanted, we had long wished to see the fort, which is in [process] or erection & we eagerly embraced the opportunity. The evening was mild, the river calm, we had good company & as it was my first sail in an open boat, I enjoyed it in the highest degree. We crossed in perfect safety to the opposite bank & commenced taking observation[s]. We first came to the for[t], ascended the stone steps, which were one hundred & three in number, from which heights we had full view of the village as it lay spread before us. Continue reading Glimpses of the Past