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Hi, everybody, Waypointguy here, with a short note: I have kept the original text intact for this cache, for your information. Thanks to timrs2oo1 for the cache, and the info as follows. Also, be very alert for junior muggles. Please log any DNF's, so I can check on the cache to make sure it is still there, if there are two or more DNF's in a row. Thanks.
A micro, hidden by a very interesting place. I was very close by working on a building fire investigation and one of the tenants and I started talking about some of the interesting history of the area.
He took me across the road and showed me this marker.
Site of Jenny's Spring
For over a century a bubbling spring at the base of this rock, named for Jenny, a water peddler, served families of the Fort Howe area.
Tradition links it with the romance of William Cobbett, once called
"The Most Powerful Writer England Ever Produced"
How's that for interesting? Pretty important lad walking around these parts!
Wikipedia has this to say about Mr. Cobbett -
"William Cobbett (March 9, 1763 – June 18, 1835) was a radical politician, agriculturist and prolific journalist. He was born at Farnham, Surrey. He thought that the reform of Parliament and the abolition of the rotten boroughs would help cure the poverty of the farm labourers. Cobbett constantly attacked the borough-mongers, sinecurists and "tax-eaters". He opposed the Corn Laws, a tax on imported grain. Through the many apparent inconsistencies in Cobbett's life, one strand continued to run: an ingrained opposition to authority and a suspicion of novelty. Early in his career, he was a "loyalist" supporter of King and Country; later, he joined (and successfully publicised) the radical movement which led to the Reform Bill of 1832. He is best known today for his book Rural Rides, 1830."
If anyone knows more about the story of Bill and Jenny please let me know.
Update - January 9, 2008
I received this information today provided by David Goss regarding the history of the site. Unfortunately the name "Jenny" remains a mystery as you will see:
"I can't tell you why it is called Jenny's Spring...Its one of those strange twists that defy explanation...B ut this is the story of the site.
Englisman William Cobbett was serving at Fort Howe when he chanced upon a young lady drawing water at the site of what is now Jenny's Well, and immediatley said to his companion that this would be the girl he would marry. Her name was Ann Reid. She was but 13 at the time, nonetheless, he persued her heart, and though they could not marry, he left her a sum of mon ey to keep her healty and well fed until she was of age and they could be married. He was said to have been impressed with her industrious nature as much as her beauty, and he saw that in her drawing water on such a cold day. She was a good selection, as she had many good qualities, one being frugalness, as when he returned to claim his bride, she still had every cent he had given her. He met her sometime after 1785, and sometime before returning to England in 1791.He then moved to America, sometime after 1792 and stayed there until 1800. He became a famous writer, mostly in the political agitation field. His nickname was Peter Porcupine. His career was temptestous, but Ann stood by him through thick and thin through many stormy trials and imprisonments in England."
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- Jennys SpringJenny's Spring, Saint John, New Brunswick
- The markerQuite an interesting spot.
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