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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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Chapter XIV.
Dunkers--A Barn--Piazzas--Management of Sheep--
Merion--Eclipse of the Sun--Summer Dress--James
Simpson--Shad Fishery--Bee-eater--Wild Grapes--
Crab Cyder--Hogs--Fire Flies.--Paper Mills--
Chesnut Trees--Harvest--Ancient Deed--J. Rowland.
Wood Felling.--Indian Corn.

6th Month, 8th, 1806.

I attended the Valley

at which I noticed some of the Dunkers.
They are a religious society who make a point of
never taking off the beard. I observed a comely
looking young man, whose beard had so luxuriant
a growth, that it spread a considerable way over
his breast, and gave him a very patriarchal ap-
pearance. At the close of the meeting several
friends invited me to their houses, but being pre-
viously engaged, I accompanied M. R. and dined
with him. After dinner he shewed me his barn,
stables, &c. which are the most complete I have
seen either in England or America. The barn is
of stone and stands on descending ground, having
a south aspect. It is about 40 yards in length by
10 in breadth, and 9 yards high in front. Along
the north side of the barn is a range of vaults
which communicate with it, and are on the same
level with the barn. The centre vault, which com-
municates with the cow-house, is fitted up as a