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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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2d Month, 18th.

This morning we passed by

meeting house, in the neighbourhood
of which John Churchman formerly resided.
About noon we came to S. C.'s to dinner, where
we had the company of Mary Stroud, one of the
fifteen children of Joseph Gilpin, mentioned by
by Thomas Chalkly in his Journal, page 313, Edit.
1766. This friend was in very low circumstances
at the time Chalkly first visited him, and
his habitation was a cave by the side of a moun-
tain; although many of his descendants, at this
time, are people in opulence in America. The
cave is now in the possession of one of them, at
whose house I was once hospitably entertained,
and who considers it as reflecting honour upon the
family, rather than as being any disparagement to
it. Mary Stroud, although about 100 years old,
still retained her faculties in an extraordinary
manner, and her observations were often shrewd
and pointed.

2d Month, 19th.

I attended the quarterly meet-
ing at London Grove

, the closing sitting of which,
was one of the largest I ever was at. W. J. and
R. M. two valuable American ministers, were
here; the latter of whom appeared in an extraor-
dinary manner, and being a young man of an
amiable disposition, and pleasing delivery, he will,
I trust, continue a useful ornament in the church.
Yet how frequently do we see the fairest hopes