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On Christmas day, 1829, I was married to Anne[Hampton, a colored girl then living in the vicinity of our residence. The ceremony was performed at Fort Edward, by Timothy Eddy, Esq., a magistrate of that town, and still a prominent citizen of the place. She had resided a long time at Sandy Hill, with Mr. Baird, proprietor of the Eagle Tavern, and also in the family of Rev. Alexander Proudfit, of Salem. This gentleman for many years had presided over the Presbyterian society at the latter place, and was widely distinguished for his learning and piety. Anne still holds in grateful remembrance the exceeding kindness and the excellent counsels of that good man. She is not able to determine the exact line of her descent, but the blood of three races mingles in her veins. It is difficult to tell whether the red, white, or black predominates. The union of them all, however, in her origin, has given her a singular but pleasing expression, such as is rarely to be seen. Though somewhat resembling, yet she cannot properly be styled a quadroon, a class to which, I have omitted to mention, my mother belonged.

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Predominate : be the strongest or main element; be greater in number or amount

Piety : the quality of being religious or reverent

Vicinity : the area near or surrounding a particular place

Preside : be in the position of authority in a meeting or other gathering

Remembrance : the action of remembering something

Proprietor : the owner of a business, or a holder of property

Descent : an action of moving downward, dropping, or falling

Vein : any of the tubes forming part of the blood circulation system of the body, carrying in most cases oxygen-depleted blood toward the heart.

Magistrate : a civil officer or lay judge who administers the law, especially one who conducts a court that deals with minor offenses and holds preliminary hearings for more serious ones.

Omit : leave out or exclude (someone or something), either intentionally or forgetfully

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Additional Information:

Rating: B

Words: 194

Unique Words : 134

Sentences : 12

Reading Time : 0:51

Noun : 53

Conjunction : 17

Adverb : 11

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 14

Pronoun : 13

Verb : 32

Preposition : 28

Letter Count : 879

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Formal

Difficult Words : 70

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