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    A mold that could make three candles at a time. Most candles at the time were made with tallow (animal fat) because other options like beeswax were expensive. Using bayberries, despite providing wax with a pleasant smell, was hard work and took too many berries to produce an adequate amount of candles. Once more lighting options were more readily available (lanterns, betty lamps, etc.) candles would be considered too expensive for daily use and were brought out for only special occasions.

    In a letter to Isaac Hite from Harrodsburg, Kentucky, John Williams, Jr., writes about trying to buy large tracts of land in Kentucky, although he claims that all of the good land has been taken by settlements. He writes about a land dispute in the Cumberlands on the Carolina border between Richard Henderson and Thomas Walker. He says that it is one of the hardest winters he could recall and that it decimated the stock at Harrodsburg.

    This certificate grants 200 acres of land on Blue Spring Creek in Barren County, Kentucky, to James Black, probably for his service in the War of 1812. It is signed by Isaac Shelby.
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