Reprinted from Farmer’s Monthly Visitor 11, no. 4 (April 30, 1849): 55-58.
In this unsigned article Isaac Hill describes a number of the Whitcher family members who lived at Canterbury, N.H., with particular attention to John Whitcher. Hill, as editor of the Farmer’s Monthly Visitor, wrote regularly about the Shakers in New Hampshire, always from a sympathetic viewpoint. He was certainly the author of this article. He also describes a visit by Henry Blinn’s sister. Hill cites the value of the education the Shakers provide for their children, names the individual children in the current class, and records autobiographical statements in verse by six children, age four to six.