Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1844. Excerpt: ... THE YOUNG TRADERS. BY SF.DA SMITH. In one of the beautiful towns that overlook the left bank of the Hudson, there lived, in 1835, a farmer of middle age, by the name of Joseph Williams. He was a man of honest principles and industrious habits, and his condition in life was in every respect comfortable and happy. He possessed a very snug farm of about thirty acres, in a tine state of cultivation, which, besides supplying provisions and fruits of all kinds for his little family, enabled him to send enough to the New York market to meet his current expenses every year, and some years left several hundred dollars in his pocket. He had a small but neat and tasteful cottage, surrounded by a rich garden of fruits and flowers, about a quarter of a mile from the river, towards which the land descended with a very gentle declivity. The eaves of his cottage projected three or four feet beyond the walls, and were supported by pillars thickly twined with grape vines, affording a most delightful shade during the hot summer months, and teeming with abundance of delicious fruit in autumn. These piazzas were furnished with chairs and rustic benches, and the one especially upon the back part of the house, which looked directly down upon the river, formed one of the most lovely and inviting retreats for a warm afternoon or a moonlight evening, that could possibly be imagined. The cultivated fields that sloped sweetly to the water's edge, dotted here and there with a sturdy tree that had been spared from the ancient forest, the broad expanse of the shining river, and the rich and various landscape beyond, presented a view that the eye was never weary of beholding; and the restless steamers that went puffing up and down the channel, and the slow and solemn sloops that lay sleepily under the distant bank...
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