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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Account of a Journey to the Indian Country

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and I were sitting. In the course of the conversa-
tion, the word thou was used, which attracted the
attention of a young man, who remarked in French
to the general, that we, as a people, had a very un-
couth way of speaking thou; — he apprehended, as I
suppose, that we should not understand what he
said in that language. However, I informed him,
that it was the language of the Almighty to the first
man, Adam; therefore bid him not reflect upon the
people for using the language, which the Lord had
taught them. He looked confused; and the Polander,
who understood English, appeared to favour the ob-


Set out before day, and reached Princeton

by breakfast-time. Through the continuance of Di-
vine favour, my family continue well, except He-
, whose ague remains with him. Passing on, we
arrived safely at Bristol in Pennsylvania, where we
parted. Henry took charge of the children, and
went to his home in that neighbourhood, where it
was concluded the girls should remain until I should
return from Philadelphia. Accordingly I took pas-
sage in the stage, and reached home about nine
o'clock in the evening; where, through the favour
of a kind, preserving Providence, I found my fami-
ly well, and we were mutually rejoiced to see each


A few Friends were called together, in or-
der to be informed of my proceedings, and to con-
sider what necessary step should be taken next.--
They expressed their satisfaction with my commu-
nication, and concluded that I should return the next
day to Henry Simmons

's, and bring the girls down
to Philadelphia.


Rode to Bristol

, and next morning to Hen-
ry Simmons's, where the girls, remained during my