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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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after attending the monthly meeting there

, dined
at J. B.'s. The next day I set out in the
mail stage for Philadelphia, in company with
J. L. and J. F. On our way, we dined at Newark,
at Archibald Gifford's Tavern, and reached
Prince Town to supper. The country we passed
through was pleasantly diversified with hill and
dale; and the luxuriant appearance of the fields
of Indian corn, had a very striking effect upon one
who had not been much out of England. The
situations and appearances of Newark and Prince
, are particularly beautiful. But it was
quite dark before we reached Trenton, so that our
coachman was unable to see his way, in driving
into the ferryboat; and the wheels on one
side of the carriage passing into the boat whilst
those on the other side went into the Delaware, we
narrowly escaped a plunge into the water. The
passengers usually keep their seats in the carriage
while it is ferried over the rivers in this country;
and, in general, the horses are so well trained, that
they are driven in and out of the boats without
any difficulty. On finding ourselves in this perilous
situation, we all got out of the carriage into the
boat as well as we could; which was no very easy
task, as it was quite dark, and we were without
lamp or candle. The driver putting back his
horses, got clear of the boat, and in his second
attempt drove fairly into it, and we crossed the
river without further accident.