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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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already of considerable extent, although, like
Hudson, of but few years standing. Divers of
the steeples and towers of their public buildings,
being covered with tin plates, as at Albany

, gives
the place a very splendid appearance. I lodged
this night at Troy, having had the company of a
friend from New-York, in the evening.

11th Month, 17th.

I attended the meeting at

in company with the before-mentioned friend.
Here is a very neat meeting-house, kept clean and
in good repair. There is something not quite right,
or at least something that produces very unpleasant
feelings and reflections, in suffering meeting-houses
to become dirty and out of repair. We sometimes
judge of the estimation in which people hold their
guests by the room assigned for their reception and
entertainment. What those people think who
suffer their places for worship to remain a scene of
dirt and ruin, whilst perhaps their own habitations
are superfluously elegant, I cannot comprehend;
I fear it bespeaks their having no very high idea of
the Divine Majesty, to whose service they profess
to appropriate such buildings. This meeting-house
at Troy, I was informed, was built chiefly by two
female friends, whose husbands had sometime
before been disowned for dealing in spirituous
liquors; this traffic being contrary to the rules of
friends in New-York State. Those persons not
seeing the propriety of the rule, or not choosing to