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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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I have before observed, that in the spring wa-
ter which surrounds the floor of the dairies in this
country, are placed the vessels which contain the
milk, &c. and all is thus preserved sweet and cool,
in the hottest part of the summer. Another
conveniency I noticed in this farm-yard, was an
appendage to the hog-sty being a vault, near
which was a stream of water, all within the inclo-
sure wherein the hogs were confined. The advan-
tages and comfort thus resulting to these animals, in
hot weather must be obvious. On this farm, was
also an excellent orchard of several acres, the trees
of which were at this time in their prime, and
now in full bearing, and having been planted by
the late Governor Mifflin

, whose residence was
here, they were well selected. Such abundance
of fine fruit I never before beheld, in the same
compass of ground; two or three of the best trees
were literally broken down with the weight of the
fruit. The rent G. A. proposed for his farm,
with all these appendages, was about 20s. per
acre; and, the quantity being short of 100 acres,
the rent would amount to little more than legal
interest for the money which had been expanded
in buildings. As it was not more than an hour's
ride from Philadelphia, and the land of good qua-
lity, I thought the price very reasonable.

8th Month, 24th.

I attended Merion meeting

in the forenoon; and in the afternoon visited and