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To the Memory of Esther

To the memory of Esther
Wife of Smith B. Clampitt
Formerly of New Jersey and late of Philadelphia, PA.
who died March 26, 1835

Esther Clampitt was a well-traveled person for her time. Of course, I’ve been to Philadelphia and Cleveland and parts of New Jersey several times, but I live in a world of cars and planes. She lived in a world of horses and shoe leather. The journey from New Jersey to Philadelphia to Cleveland would have been very different in her world of 200 years ago. I do historical re-creation, but I sometimes wonder how well any of us would do with the physicality required of living in earlier times, without the innovations that accomplish a lot of the bodily exertion that peoples before us would have done as a matter of course.

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