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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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boots, smoking segars. At Trenton

, I was enter-
tained with the sight of a company of journeymen
tailors, at the work-board, all booted as if ready
for mounting a horse. This article of dress is
full as expensive here as in England; yet a
boot-maker told me, that he sometimes sold
no less than three pairs within the winter to
some individuals who earned their bread by their
daily labour; and, for these, they paid 35s. ster-
ling per pair. In the afternoon we passed Prince-
, and, that night, lodged at Brunswick.

5th Month, 25th.

We breakfasted at Elizabeth

; and arrived at Paules-hook Ferry about
noon. Here I saw a fleet of armed vessels, i. e.
four ships and one brig. As they were full of
meat and guns, and the men were dressed in uni-
forms, they had a very warlike appearance. This
fleet was just returned from the island of St. Domin-
go, with a very valuable cargo of coffee; and was said
to have made the most successful voyage ever re-
membered. At the ferry we were told it was
O--'s fleet, and was principally belonging to a
merchant in New-York of that name, who had
acquired very great riches thereby. This was a
remarkable instance of the great extent to which
the merchants of this country carry their mercan-
tile concerns; yet so uncertain is trade, that this
man stopped payment a few months afterwards.