Skaneateles, circa 1835

“A year at Skaneateles furnished me abundance of hard work with a very meagre support. In the midst of a wealthy community, we often had nothing in the house to eat. One day, two ministers dined with us on potatoes and barley bread made from sifted horse provender. This was all we were able to set before them. My entire claim was only three hundred dollars and my receipts amounted to less than two hundred. The Methodists preached a free Gospel and their hearers liked the doctrine.”

— From Days of My Years (1891) by The Rev. Joseph Cross, DD, LLD

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