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“Sally Firman, Wife of David Firman, who died Jun 12 1830.” Apess recalled of Mrs. Furman (as he spells it in A Son of the Forest): “I well remember the conversation that took place between Mrs. Furman and myself when I was about six years of age . . . she spoke to me respecting a future state of existence, and told me that I might die, and enter upon it, to which I replied that I was too young- that old people only died. But she assured me that I was not too young, and in order to convince me of the truth of the observation, she referred me to the grave yard, where many younger and smaller persons than myself were laid to moulder in the earth.”

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