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A Mouse in Henry Livingston's House

In commenting on the lack of education of the inhabitants of Laprarie, Henry wrote:
The urbanity of the peasants is very singular. The meanest of our soldiers that enter’d one of their houses was instantly regal’d with a large bowl of Bread & Milk or any other eatables their Houses afforded; and altho our soldiery seldom made them any gratuitys their kindness was still unremitted. But altho their hearts are good their Oeconomy is by no means so. After a peasants house is once built and the rain shut out, no more water ever touches their floors save a little holy water every morning which follows a partial sweeping....

In general I found the men and women much more dilatory and Idle than the people among us; to attain a bare subsistence seem’d to be the height of their wishes.

A land of slaves will ever be a land of poverty Ignorance & Idleness!

Among the common people all the learning is confin’d to the women, who are sent to school when young, which the men seldom or never are- not one in 30 of the latter can read.

Chapter 7:   0,   1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8,   9

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Introduction,   Ch1: Mouse,   Ch2: Sarah,   Ch3: After Sarah,   Ch4: Locust Grove,   Ch5: Know,  
Ch6: Dunder,   Ch7: War,   Ch8: Unexpected,   Ch9: Economy,   Ch10: Dutch,  
Ch11: Politics,   Ch12: Religion,   Ch13: Work,   Ch14: Myths,   Ch15: Happy Xmas,   Epilog


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