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My Parents (My Father) writes as follows. I was born in in the town of Lime near the mouth of the Connecticut river Sept 26— 1735 My Parents<Father> were <was> <a man> people of a large property, lived in good style, <&> commanding <commanded> all that respect which is ever paid to those <who> living <live> <in> fine circu mstances and strict habits of morality. and for some length of time, they lived in peace and plenty, enjoing <all> the good of their labors. But at length a series of misfortunes visited them occasioned, in most instances, by the perfidy of their fellow <man> which reduced by degrees till at last they came to penury and want to that extent that A once happy and flourishing family wer compelled to disperse and throw themselves upo[n] the charity of <a cold,>an unfeeling world.
I was bound to a farmer in the neighborhood As is too commonly the case, I was considered rather as a Slave than as a member of the family, and instead of allowing me the priviledges of common hospitality and a claim to, that kind of protection due to help less and indigent children, I was treated by my Master as his property and not as his fellow mortal.
Soon after I left my Master, (which <was> I did at the age of 21 years) I enlisted in the service<s> of My Country under the command of capt. Henry; and was annexed to the regiment commanded by Col Whiting. I marched from to fort Edwards and was in a severe battle fought at half way brook <in> 1755. In the year 1757, I was in the Kings se[r]vice and being one morning out on a short exc u[r]sion with a friend named Webster, I was trav eling along about 20 rods in <advance> of my companion [p. 2, bk. ]