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BURROUGHS, John, author, born in Roxbury, New York, 3 April, 1837. He is the son of a farmer, and, after receiving an academic education, taught school eight or nine years, and then became a journalist in New York. He was a clerk in the treasury department at Washington from 1864 till 1873, and was then appointed receiver of the Wall-kill national bank in Middletown, New York He settled on a farm in Esopus, New York, in 1874, giving his time to literature and fruit-culture, except the months when his duties as bank-examiner called him away. He has contributed largely to periodicals, writing mainly upon rural themes. His books are " Walt Whitman as Poet and Person" (New York, 1867); "Wake Robin " (Boston, 1871); "Winter Sunshine" (1875): "Birds and Poets" (1877); "Locusts and Wild Honey " (1879); "Pcpacton" (1881); " Fresh Fields" (1884); and "Signs and Seasons" (1886). He has also written a few poems.
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