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Returning to the subject, that George Parks was searching for, Epinetus continued.


“Grandfather soon realized the immensity of the westward movement. The few wagon wheel marks on Captain Gray’s trail turned into deep ruts on the turnpike. Mud holes and piles of animal dung littered the path. Grandfather despised this new path for two reasons; first, simply because of its filthy appearance and second, for what it stood for – the obvious invasion into the pristine territory that he had observed the previous year.”


Epinetus informed Mr. Parks that Grandfather at this point had finished his trek on the Susquehanna Turnpike and had reached the Susquehanna River.


“The Wattle’s Ferry at Unadilla was much more substantial that the float Grandfather had used to cross the Susquehanna at Bainbridge – – -or Jericho – – – whatever name you wish to use. By previous agreement he met with Esquire Garnsey at Wattle’s Inn. Over supper they exchanged news and viewpoints. Esquire Garnsey astutely suggested that they exchange documents and money in the privacy of their rooms. ‘Thieving eyes abound, you know, – – –   thieving eyes abound,’ stated Esquire Garnsey in his annoying repetitive fashion.”


Epinetus was silently gathering his thoughts again when very young boy passed through the halls of Preston Manor. The boy rang a large bell attached to a wooden handle. George Parks was searching Epinetus’ face for an explanation when a lady stepped into the room.

“Lunch time Epinetus” she stated, adding, “Please join us Mr. Parks, it is a long time before supper.”


“Thank you. I would surely like to enjoy some of your cooking” replied Mr. Parks.


Epinetus and George found places where they could face each other. It was at the end of a large table. Privacy was not a concern, so they continued their conversation over lunch. Epinetus opened the conversation without prompting from George.


“That evening, in their second meeting, Grandfather gave $220 and a promissory note for $480 to Esquire Garnsey. Did I mention that this was in Unadilla. Yes, – – in Unadilla. The promissory note was in exchange for a contract. It assigned to Grandfather ‘One hundred acres below Abram Storms and from the Chenango River eastward to several chains beyond the mountain ridge, the terminal eastern edge being the large chestnut tree on one corner and a manmade stone pile in the other’.”


“After the business was completed Grandfather voiced his concern with the rapid movement of pioneers into the Indian Territory. The Esquire reassured Grandfather that Greene was lightly populated and that the parcel he had chosen was unencumbered by neighbors, save except for Abram Storms.”


Epinetus felt compunction to tell George about uncomfortable feelings that Esquire Garnsey was experiencing at that time.


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