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PREFACE. Very soon after I began the publication of the Hamilton Freeman, at Webster City, Iowa, in June, 1857, I had the pleasure of welcoming to my exchange list the Charles City Intelligencer. This was in all respects --for a frontier region, as that was in those days—a very remarkable paper. It was remarkable for its large size, for the clearness and beauty with which it was printed, and for the able and vigorous manner with which it was conducted. While it was strongly partisan,-its editor being one of the advanced guard of Republicanism in those early days before the war, when the opposition to slavery extension was crystalizing and culminating, -it was a pure and elevating journal, which any parent might safely allow to come to his fireside. It was always on the side of religion, temperance, good morals, education; and ever the advocate of the homely, old-fashioned virtues of industry and economy. It had been founded some months before I came to Iowa, by Azro B. F. Hildreth, whom I afterwards came to know quite intimately. As long as we were in the publishing business we "exchanged" papers, meeting each other every few months, for many years, at conventions or other public gatherings. He was a man for whom I always entertained the highest respect, because I knew him to possess fine abilities, a character above reproach, and personal qualities which made him a pleasant man to meet.

We both retired from our papers, and thus far, perhaps for twenty years, we had only met on two or three occasions. But in the summer of 1890 a business errand called me to Charles City, when, as a matter of course, I called upon my old friend, whose hair like my own was turning white, and whose now dear departed wife was an invalid. During this visit I remarked that his experience of pioneer life had been so varied and extensive that he ought to write and publish his biography. He arose without saying a word and went into an adjoining room, whence he soon returned with a large parcel of manu. script, saying: “There it is!" He suggested that I should edit the work; to which I replied that this should be done by whoever was his own particular choice. Adhering to what he had said, I gave my consent, although I knew that any writing which came from Mr. Hildreth's pen would require little at the hands of any editor.

The book is now before the reader. I believe it will be widely read, and with both interest and profit. Like the old Intelligencer, its inculcations are for the pure, the good and the true. It wili carry to distant days the story of the settlement of one of the finest portions of our garden State of Iowa; telling how an able and excellent journal was founded in a region which bad scarcely ceased to be a wilderness. My own care and labor in the preparation of this book have been so exceedingly slight that I have no hesitancy in heartily commending it to individual readers and to the favor of the managers of every public library in the State.

CHARLES ALDRICH. Webster City, Iowa, 1891.

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CONTENTS.

ILLUSTRATIONS.

PAGE.

Dedication.

Preface, by the Editor.

PART FIRST

CHAPTER.

Introduction.

I Birth and Parentage.

II Sketch by Richard Hildreth, historian.

III The Historian Hildreth.

IV Dr. S P. Hildreth.

V The Tyler Family.

VI History of the Tyler Family.

VII Daniel Hildreth's Family.

VIII Their First Born.

IX A Piscatorial Adventure.

X The Old Homestead.

XI At a Boarding School.

XII A Young Farmer.

XIII The Scribner Family.

XIV Various Undertakings.

XV A Season in New York.

XVI Learns the Printer's Art.

XVII Entering Upon a New Life.

XVIII The Log Cabin Campaign.

XIX Changes in Business and a New Wife.

XX A Second Bereavement.

XXI Political Address.

XXII A New Matrimonial Alliance.

XXIII Odd Fellowship-A Lecture.

XXIV A New Home. Here and There.

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LETTERS.

Personal Letters by Azro B. F. Hildreth,

Family Letters to A. B. F. Hildreth,

From Daniel Hildreth

Clarissa Hildreth,

Dr. S. P. Hildreth,

Clarissa Hildreth,

Harriet N. Porter,

Mary C. McCoy and Charles Mccoy,

Amanda L. Hildreth,
Death of Amanda L. Hildreth,
From Lovinia G. Hildreth,

Josiah W. Knight,
A. G. Hildreth,
Luke J. Page,
Roxie C. Tyler,
Roxie Tyler Dennett,

Rev. W. E. Dennett,

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Dennett,

From Carrie R, Stone,

Horace Brown,

Harriet N. Porter,

Luke J. Page,

Sella E. Thayer,

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