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HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY

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DAUPHIN, CUMBERLAND, FRANKLIN, BEDFORD, ADAMS, AND PERRY

COUNTIES:

CONTAINING A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FIRST SETTLERS, NOTICES
OF THE LEADING EVENTS, INCIDENTS AND INTERESTING
PACTS, BOTH GENERAL AND LOCAL, IN THE HISTORI
OF THESE COUNTIES, GENERAL & STATISTICAL
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE PRIXCIPAL BO-

ROUGAS, TOWXS, VILLAGES, &c.,

WITH AN

APPENDIX:

EMBELLISHED WITH SEVERAL ENGRAVINGS.

COMPILED FROM NUMEROUS AUTHENTIC SOURCES

BY I. DANIEL RUPP,
Author of He Pasa Ekklesia, &c., &c., ģe.

GILBERT HILLS, PROPRIETOR & PUBLISHER,

Lancaster city, Pa.

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Eniered according to an act of Congress, in the year 1846,

BY GILBERT HILLS, PROPRIETOR, LANCASTER,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of

Pennsylvania.

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PREFACE.

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.

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