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[235] fisn; the forests were nimble with game; the woods
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rustled with coveys of quails and wild turkeys, while they rung with the merry notes of the singing-birds; and hogs, swarming like vermin, ran at large in troops. It was ‘the best poor man's country in the world.’ ‘If a happy peace be settled in poor England,’ it had been said, ‘then they in Virginia shall be as happy a people as any under heaven.’1 But plenty encouraged indolence. No domestic manufactures were established; every thing was imported from England. The chief branch of industry, for the purpose of exchanges, was tobacco-planting; and the spirit of invention was enfeebled by the uniformity of pursuit.

1 II. Mass. Hist Coll. IX. 116. 106 Hammond's Leah and Rachel, 9, 0, 5.

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