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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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12th Month, 25th.

I came this day to T. L.'s,
at Maiden Creek

. Afterwards, at the house where
I lodged, I met with a venerable looking man,
whose countenance was almost lost in a large
bushy beard, which extended a considerable way
down his breast. On conversing with him, it ap-
peared he was of the religious society called
Dunkers. I enquired of him the reason why the
men of their society were so tenacious of their
beards, and expected to have heard some motive
assigned that had at least the appearance of
weight; but in this I was disappointed; for he
either could not, or would not assign any other
than this: That as they believed the practice of
shaving originated from a desire in the men to
make themselves agreeable to the women, it was
unbecoming the gravity of a religious character to
act from such motives.

12th Month, 26th.

I came this day to Beth-

, a town inhabited almost entirely by
Moravians. They have here a well-conducted
boarding-school for girls, where children of all
persuasions are taught every branch of learning
that is deemed necessary for females; and, for this
purpose, the best masters and mistresses are pro-
cured from different parts of Europe and America.

The inn is large and commodious, and conducted
with a good deal of order and regularity; and is