The Colonial Homes of Philadelphia and Its Neighbourhood

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Page 14 - God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills...
Page 55 - Powel's with and many others; a most sinful feast again! everything which could delight the eye or allure the taste; curds and creams, jellies, sweetmeats of various sorts, twenty sorts of tarts, fools, trifles, floating islands, whipped sillibub &c., &c. Parmesan cheese, punch, wine, porter, beer, etc.
Page 132 - I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy, to be discussed by the company ; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased.
Page 170 - During noon, in place of the usual games of amusement he has the boys employed in throwing up redoubts, skirmishing, etc. I must be candid with you brother Isaac — unless Anthony pays more attention to his books, I shall be under the painful necessity of dismissing him from the school.
Page 282 - I assure you, sir," writes he, "it is a matter of astonishment to every part of the continent to hear that Pennsylvania, the most opulent and populous of all the States, has but twelve hundred militia in the field, at a time when the enemy are endeavoring to make themselves completely masters of, and to fix their quarters in, her capital.
Page 60 - The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire.
Page 257 - Frenchman : their clothes were parti-coloured, and many of them were almost naked ; the best clad wore hunting shirts, large grey linen coats which were much used in Carolina. As to their military tactics, it will be sufficient to say that, for a regiment ranged in order of battle to move forward on the right of its line, it was necessary for the left to make a continued counter march.
Page 129 - But of all absurdities the ladies going about for money1 exceeded everything; they were so extremely importunate that people were obliged to give them something to get rid of them. Mrs. Beech [Bache] and the set with her, came to our door the morning after thee went, and turned back again. The reason she gave to a person who told me was that she did not chuse to face Mrs. S. or her daughters. "H[annah] Thompson, Mrs. [Robert] Morris, Mrs. [James] Wilson, and a number of very genteel women, paraded...
Page 189 - The more I see of it, the more I am convinced that it is one of the most beautiful and healthful situations I have .known, either in America or in England.
Page 64 - I partook of most excellent tea, and I should be even now still drinking it, I believe, if the Ambassador had not charitably notified me at the twelfth cup that I must put my spoon across it when I wished to finish with this sort of warm water. He said to me : it is almost as ill-bred to refuse a cup of tea when it is offered to you, as it would be indiscreet for the mistress of the house to propose a fresh one, when the ceremony of the spoon has notified her that we no longer wish to partake of...

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