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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF GEN. JOSEPH PALMER.*
Gex. JOSEPH PALMER was born into his employ. He expended large March 31st, 17, at Higher Abbots sums in an attempt to erect this row, in the parish of Shaugh, in the town, where he established several county of Devon, in Great Britain. manufactories; chocolate mills, sper. His mother's maiden name was maceti works, glass works, and a Pearse, of the Pearses of Fardell salt manufactory, in which were Mill in the parish of Cornwood, in the made common salt
, medicinal salts, same county. Both families were of and saltpetre. He erected a noble unblemished reputation, and though house for his own residence, but just not opulent, were independent. as it was finished, and the cellars
He was a man of good education stored with provisions, a vicious boy and fine manners, and emigrated to whom he had punished for theft and America in the year 1746, bring. lying, set it on fire. It was night; ing with him the late venerable and nothing effectual could be done, and highly respected Judge Richard before the dawn of next day, this Cranch, then a youth of twenty fine structure was in ruins. This years old. Mr. Palmer had married was his first pecuniary loss. He the sister of Mr. Cranch, (Mary soon erected another large and com. Cranch, of Brood, in the parish of modious dwelling upon the site of Ermington, Devonshire.)
the first one, and surrounded it with Mrs. Palmer was a woman of dis. all the comforts that make a coun. tinguished excellence, with a rich. try residence delightful. A beautily cultivated mind; and when the ful orchard of his own planting, young couple embarked for this stretched from the back of his house western world, she was as blooming to the shores of a little bay on which and lovely, as she was intelligent. his farm was located. This orchard
Mr. Palmer was wealthy when he con ined two or three acres, which, emigrated, and he purchased a large with a fruit garden, a nursery of tract of land in the town of Brain. trees, a large poultry yard, and an tree, which he named Germantown, exquisite flower garden, successively because he found a number of Ger. caught and charmed the eye, as it mans settled on it, whom he took ranged over the cultivated grounds,
which the enterprising owner hoped A large part of the materials of this memoir were collected by Mr. Charles S.
to see enlarged into a settlement of Palmer, a great grandson of Gen. P. free and independent artisans and Vol. UL.