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FARMERS AND MECHANICS

THIS LITTLE VOLUME

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

BY THEIR FRIEND

THE AUTHOR.

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H O M E.

CHAPTER I.

GOING TO HOUSE-KEEPING.

My house a cottage more
Than palace ; and should fitting be
For all my use, no luxury.

Cowley.

In a picturesque district of New England, it matters not in which of the Eastern States, for in them all there is such unity of character and similarity of condition, that what is true of one may be probable of all,— in one of them there is a sequestered village called Greenbrook. The place derives its name from a stream of water which bears this descriptive appellation,

As if the bright fringe of herbs on its brink,
Had given their stain to the wave they drink;
And they, whose meadows it murmurs through,

Have named the stream from its own fair hue. There is one particularly beautiful spot, where this little river, or rather brook (for it is not wider than the Tiber at Washington,) winds

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