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HARON, venerable which moved out of one of the old coast
as it is with asso- settlements upon a curious vehicle that an
Its first settlement able history, a committee appointed by was a full century later than those upon the Assembly to view the colony lands the Sound and upon the banks of its prin- west of the Ousatonic River, laid out the cipal river.
town of Sharon and marked its bounds by There is a striking difference between sundry piles of stones and the blazing of the process of settling the country in the trees. The township was divided into early period and that of a later day, when fifty-three rights one of which should be Progress had donned her Seven League for the use of the ministry, one for the Boots. With slow facilities of travel, the first gospel minister settled, and one for territory was filled and occupied as the the support of the school. The remaining wave swept on; and if the pace was that fifty rights were to be “vendered and sold,” of the ox-team instead of the locomotive, and their purchasers were to have "a sure there were not lacking advantages in all indefeasible estate in fee simple” from his that pertains to the solidification of com- majesty, King George the Second _" in munities, and the avoidance of that iso- fee and common socage, and not in capite lation which is a potent factor in the ten- nor by Knights Service."
Earlier than dency to barbarism. Even so late as this, one Capt. Richard Sackett had 1794 there is tradition of a family which thought to appropriate to himself a princely came to a border town of Sharon, and estate here, through a colonial patent from
New York, and purchases from the Indian as sweet," it is still hard to believe that chief, Metoxen, some 22,000 acres in the there would not be some alien flavor to two states—but his scheme, most fortu- even so delectable a spot, had it retained nately, ended in failure. There is how- permanently the uncouth designation of ever nothing recorded of him specially “N. S.” for a name. But the petition was dishonorable ; he was but availing himself granted and henceforth this wild rose of of methods in securing a fortune, then, as Sharon had its fragrant and appropriate still, in high repute.
There was nothing of haphazard in the
Puritan's way of !
founding a sette
had covered that part
of the township with
a right-angled netSharon was known only by the cabalis
work of highways, many of them on all tic name of "N. S.”—so it was designated manner of impossible grades. It would in the committee's report to the Assembly; seem that their ideal plan must be carried but when the first body of settlers came, in out, despite the incorrigibility of the 1739, they sent a petition "To the Honor- geological formation. able, the Governor and Representatives in “ The Sharon fathers, we may suppose, General Court assembled at New Haven," paused upon the New England borderstating that their township they had the Ultima Thule of civilization to them" "presumed to call by the name of SHARON."
-says a local chronicler of this region, If "a rose by any other name would smell
"and from their vantage ground of the hill
Built in 1824.
Toliath God.cine toinue
peered over into the sister state with meeting house or even a village green in mingled feelings of curiosity and disap- the whole settlement !'" proval. They must have pondered gravely "It was a piece of the irony of fate," on the mysterious ways of their neighbors continues our chronicler," that the very in the Province of Amenia, N. Y.; for first white man to live in the town of here they met abruptly a wave of emigra- Sharon was a Dutchman! This was one tion which had flowed in a direction opposite to their
By His EXCELLENCY own, from the banks of the
GEORGE WASHINGTON, Ese; Hudson. They were the
General and Commander in Chief of the Forces of the people whom Diedrich Knickerbocker long ago
United States of America. portrayed in his renowned
HESE are to CERTIFY that the Bearer hereof *History of New York'--a people differing in language,
in the A FemeckuRegiment, having fuit:fulcustoms and all their social
dy ferved the United States from pret 79 traditions from the New
and being inlisted for the War only, is England type. Germans and
hereby DISCHARGED from the American Army.
GIVEN at HEAD-QUAR TER S the
noor of territory, fifty miles long
By H 15 E ICELLENCY'S and less than two miles wide,
REGISTERED in the Books
pl che Regimento "The Equivalent,' as we see
Adju:ant, it in land titles of the period.
What manner of man is this Dutchman?' we imagine their exclaiming, “He can
THE above build for himself substantial
has been honored with ehe Badge of Merit fon bic
Years Saithful Service.
DISCHARGE OF HEZEKIAH GOODWIN.