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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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way of accounting for this circumstance, but by
supposing that the action of the wind had made
the bottle deviate from the course of the stream.

Having considerable time on our hands, we
amused ourselves in little experiments of this sort.
Several times we sunk well-corked empty bottles
to a considerable depth into the sea; and although
great care was taken to have the corks tight and
sealed, yet it was invariably the case, when drawn
up again, that the corks were found pushed into
the bottles, or that the bottles had filled with water
by its passing through the pores of the cork. I have
already observed that the water in the gulf stream
was warm as new milk; but on sinking a ther-
mometer some depth in the sea, and hastily draw-
ing it up again, we found that the water below
was as cold as in any other part.

After a tedious time spent in the gulf stream, we
at length arrived on the coast of North America;
and on 1st day morning, the 29th of the 7th Month,
we were favoured with the sight of Long Island.
A little after noon, we ran close in shore, so much
so that the ship was hastily put about, or she
would have touched the bottom in a few minutes;
for, in turning round, she raked up the mud
so much as to discolour the water to a con-
siderable degree; however we were soon in deep
water again. Thus, after having been for 8 weeks