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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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Packet thought it unsafe to attempt passing them;
he therefore put the ship about, with an intention
to run into Princes Bay, and there lie at anchor
till next morning, being a distance of near 20
miles. As we were running before the wind, at
the rate of 6 miles an hour, in the dead of the
night, with a very rough sea, the vessel sud-
denly struck against something which immediately
stopped her progress; and she swung round with
great violence and noise. At the first alarm I ran
upon deck, when I found that our vessel had run
foul of another, which was lying at anchor; and
our bowsprit was entangled in the rigging of the
other ship. This so broke the force of the shock,
that we sustained but little damage, and in a short
time got clear of each other. We had great cause
to be thankful for so signal a preservation, many
vessels having been lost, with the people in them,
when in much less apparent danger than we were
on this occasion.

9th Month, 3d.

After lying at anchor several
hours, at day-light we again made sail for New-

, where we were met by some of our friends
at the wharf, and I again took up my quarters at
my kind friend S. P.'s.

9th Month, 5th.

Yesterday I called upon se-
veral of my friends to take leave of them, and this
day, accompanied by J. W. and T. W. I went on
board the Oliver Elsworth, with a view of taking