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HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY
DAUPHIN, CUMBERLAND, FRANKLIN, BEDFORD, ADAMS, AND PERRY
CONTAINING A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FIRST SETTLERS, NOTICES
ROUGAS, TOWXS, VILLAGES, &c.,
EMBELLISHED WITH SEVERAL ENGRAVINGS.
COMPILED FROM NUMEROUS AUTHENTIC SOURCES
BY I. DANIEL RUPP,
GILBERT HILLS, PROPRIETOR & PUBLISHER,
Lancaster city, Pa.
Eniered according to an act of Congress, in the year 1846,
BY GILBERT HILLS, PROPRIETOR, LANCASTER,
In this compilation, it has been my object to present, by way of introduction, a brief sketch of the earliest settlements made within the counties, of which a history and topography are attempted; a detailed account is given of the adventures, sufferings and trials of pioneer settlers. I have studiously avoided giving place to any thing of a speculative character. Any remarks of my own, were made on a careful examination of such evidence as will stand scrutiny. The plan, I pursued, is that of making authentic documents speak for themselves, from which the reader may draw his own deductions. In several instances, I have introduced well grounded tradition; and, as far as practicable, when exhibising the sufferings of the first settlers, letters and narratives, written when they suffered, are given, expressing, it is believed; in their own words, with all the freshness of novelty, their trials and difficulties, much better than I could bave done.
The reader will readily perceive, that I have made no attempt, in this compilation, at what has the semblance of originality-embellishments of style. This is not said to divert the critic in pointing out what is faulty:-Any defect, or inaccuracy, noticed by the reader, and pointed out, in a proper spirit, will be considered a faror.
That this compilation is defective, none can be more conscious of, than I am. But none need look for a perfect history of the kind, till a greater accumulation of historical facts, for this purpose, is extant. Whether I have, as the result of my researches, contributed any the least towards such a collection, is left to the decision of others. I strove to do so -This is all I could do.