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                                                                             Cranberries

Thomas Davidson informed Mr Dickinson of Wainfleet that about 72 years ago, when he was 12 years of age, he gathered some Cranberries: which at that time & before, were supposed to be poisonous, but not believing them to be so, as he had tasted them at different times without apparent injury he prevailed upon his Mother (tho' with great difficulty) to make him a Tart of them, which she did; & finding them very palatable, she, the Mother of the said Davidson began to be industrious in gathering these berries, inclosing them in Tarts & pies & carrying them about for profit.
A man of the name of Ball a year afterwards bought them at 1/6 pr peck in large quantities, & retailed them throughout the Country at an advanced price, tho' it was some time before he had any great sale of them, owing to the general prejudice of the Country at that time against them on account of their supposed unwholesomeness or poisonous quality.

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