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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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Chapter XIII.
Woodside.--Account of Captain H.--A Substitute for
Soap.--Yearly Meeting at Philadelphia.--Merion
Meeting-House.--Violent Tempest.--Dreadful Mas-
sacre of the Conestoga Indians.

2d of 4th Month, 1806.

I spent this evening at
O. J.

's country house, in the vicinity of Merion.
It is a large handsome building, beautifully situ-
ated, and commanding a fine prospect of the
Delaware for many miles below Philadelphia.
The farm is under the direction of a free Negro,
and appears to be well managed.

6th of 4th Month.

I attended Merion meeting

and spent the afternoon at Woodside. This is a
beautiful spot, commanding a fine view of Phila-
and of the country round it, although
abroad 5 or 6 miles distant from that city. This
was formerly the residence of Governor Mifflin.
It has since been much improved and beautified,
at considerable expense by the present proprietor
G. A. Yet one of the greatest ornaments about
the house, is his worthy father-in-law, John Parish.
Though far advanced in life, and grown old in his
services to the Negroes and Indians, whose steady
advocate he has been, a long series of years, yet his
conversation is still as lively and interesting as that
of any young person. In the course of the after-