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James Rutledge, the father of this interesting girl, was one of the founders of New Salem, having come there from Kentucky in 1829.
He was born in South Carolina and belonged to the noted Rutledge family of that State.
I knew him as early as 1833, and have often shared the hospitality of histending the school of Mentor Graham, a pedagogue of local renown whose name is frequently met with in these pages, and who flourished in and around New Salem from 1829 to 1860.
McNeil fell deeply in love with the school-girl — she was then only seventeen--and paid her the usual unremitting attentions young lovers of that age hadname was McNamar.
I left behind me in New York, he said, my parents and brothers and sisters.
They are poor, and were in more or less need when I left them in 1829.
I vowed that I would come West, make a fortune, and go back to help them.
I am going to start now and intend, if I can, to bring them with me on my return to Il