the eye can glance the beautiful rolling prairies lay spread be around like a sea of meadows. The timber is a mixture of oak,
hickory, black walnut, elm, ash, cherry, honey locust, mulberry, coffee-bean, hack-berry, box elder, and bass wood, to gether with the addition of Cotton wood, buttun wood, pecan soft and hard maple upon the bottoms. The shrubbery was beautiful, and consisted in part of plumbs, grapes, crabapples and persimmons. The prairies were decorated with a growth of flowers that seemed as georgeous grand as the brilliance of stars in the heavens and exceed de scription. The soil is rich and
fertile, from three to ten feet deep, and generally composed of a rich black mould, inter mingled with clay and sand. It produces in abundance, wheat, corn, and many other common agricultural commodities, to gether with sweet potatoes and cotton. Horses, cattle and hogs, though of an inferior breed, are tolerable plenty and seem nearly to raise themselves by grazing in the vast prai rie range in summer, and feeding upon the bottoms in winter. The wild game is less plenty where man has
com menced the cultivation of the soil, than it is a little distance further in the wild prairies. Buffaloe, elk, deer, bear, wolves, beaver, and many lesser animals, roam at pleasure. Turkies, geese, swans, ducks; yea a variety of the feathered race, are among the rich abundance that graces the delightful regions of this goodly land of the heritage of the children of God. Nothing is more fruitful or a richer stock holder in the blooming prairies, than the honey bee. Honey
is but about twenty-five cents a gallon.
The season is mild and delightful nearly three quarters of the year, and as the land of Zion situated at about <equal> dis tances from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as from the Allegany and Rocky mountains, in the 39th de gree of north latitude, and between the 16th and 17th degrees of of west longitude, it bids fair to become one of the most blessed places on the globe, when the curse is taken from the land, if not before. The winters are milder than
in the At lantic states of the same parallel of latitude; and the weather is more agreeable, so that were the virtues of the inhabitants only equal to the blessings of the Lord which he permits to [p. 138]