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Identifier: storyofsomefrenc02murr
Title: The story of some French refugees and their "Azilum," 1793-1800
Year: 1903 (1900s)
Authors: Murray, Louise Welles
Subjects: French
Publisher: [Athens? Pa.]
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress


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them-selves as best they could, to the disgust of theAmericans around them. One of the present (1895) oldest inhabitants ofAsylum still tells that when his father felled atree, they would ask him to put it across a stumpthat they might while away the hours teetertautering, paying an equivalent of 10 shillings forevery teeter. He also says they would send hisfather miles out of the way to cut down trees sothey could get a good view of the valley. Judge Stevens says : Their amusements consisted in riding, walking, swinging,musick (»& perhaps dancing) and sometimes they passed theirtime with cards, chess or the Back Gammon Board. In theirmaners they were courteous, Polite & affable. In their livingthey followed the French customs. Breakfasted late on CoffeeFresh Meat Bread & butter—Dined at 4 o-clock. Drank bestwine or Brandy, after dinner. Ladies and gentlemen whochose drank Tea at evening. I speak of the wealthy, they wereable to command the best of everything. —60—

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To conclude, the French who constituted the settlement atAsylum consisted of 4 different classes of people; some of theNobility, and Gentlemen of the Court of Louis 16—several ofthe Clergy, a few Mechanics and a number of the Labouringclass, all of whom were entirely ignorant of the customs of thecountry, of the method of clearing and cultivating the soil, ofkeeping or working cattle, of Building houses, of makingroads, and in fact of everything relating to the settlement of a,new country. Also ignorant of our language which preventedthem from obtaining information, and many labouring peopleof the country took advantage of ignorance and vpant of ex-perience, and charged twice and in some instances 4 times thevalue of the labour. None of the colonists were fitted to be settlersin a forest, Mr. Craft says: In chopping atree they cut on all sides while one watched tosee where it would fall, that they might escapebeing struck. Nevertheless they began numer-ous clearings or choppings as


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