By William D. Lindsey
Wilson R. Bachelor was once a Tennessee local who moved along with his relatives to Franklin County, Arkansas, in 1870. a rustic health care professional and common thinker, Bachelor was once impelled to chronicle his lifestyles from 1870 to 1902, documenting the family's stream to Arkansas, their settling a farm in Franklin County, and Bachelor's scientific perform. Bachelor was once an avid reader with wide-ranging pursuits in literature, technological know-how, nature, politics, and faith, and he grew to become a self-professed freethinker within the 1870s. He used to be pushed by means of an idea he known as "fiat flux," an information of the "rapid flight of time" that inspired him to regard the folks round him and the realm itself as priceless and fleeting.
He wrote occasional items for an area newspaper, bringing his strangely enlightened views to the topics of women's rights, capital punishment, the function of faith in politics, and the domination of the yankee political procedure by way of financial elite within the Eighteen Nineties. those essays, besides relatives letters and the unique diary entries, are integrated right here for an unusual glimpse into the lifetime of a rustic health care professional in nineteenth-century Arkansas.