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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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that they hoped we would not hoist our sails until
we had a signal from the frigate; which was com-
plied with.

We were now again in sight of land, being near

. Having a fine view of the Jersey
Mountains, and it being a clear summer's morn-
ing, the country before us appeared exceedingly
beautiful. In approaching the shore we observed
an appearance not less beautiful in what I believe
is called a land-loom. The whole country ap-
peared to be reflected in the atmosphere; some-
thing like what we see from the banks of rivers,
when objects are reflected in the water. But
here, instead of the images appearing in the water
united at bottom to the objects, they were all re-
flected in the air, with their tops downwards; and
each reflection seeming to touch the top of the
object reflected.

The different ships of war, which I have just
mentioned, made a very gay appearance; for
the weather being fine and clear, and but little
wind, they had most of their sails spread, and
continued sailing to and fro before Sandyhook

the Never-sink Mountains being in the back
ground. Their object was to watch two French
frigates then lying in New-York, as the Lieutenant
of the Boston informed us, and, at the same time,
to examine all American ships in order to discover
if there were any of the subjects of Great Britain