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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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found that illustrious statesman and christian sage, sitting on the
piazza under the lengthened shadows of the sun, with a long
pipe by his side, in full view of the simple and solid rural
improvements of the place; and in the attitude of one at peace
with himself, and with all around him. I was painfully struck
with the ravages of time upon him, and the change that had taken
place in his visage and appearance, since I last had the satisfac-
tion of seeing him some years before. At first, he did not appear
to recollect me; and this was the only instance that I perceived
of any direct decay of his mental faculties. He conversed that
evening and the next morning cheerfully and correctly, and
seemed to be much interested in Mr. Eddy's

conversation, and to
sympathise with him in his feelings and concerns. Those two
venerable men (the one then being in his seventy-sixth year, and
the other in his eighty-first year) had been intimate friends; with
correspondent principles in all matters of personal duty, and of
good will to men, from a period which commenced soon after the
conclusion of the American war. We returned to town the next
day, and Mr. Eddy, in the course of this tour, interested me
exceedingly with anecdotes and occurrences connected with his
early life, in this city, during the revolutionary war, and down to
the period of our first acquaintance. I have only to add, that
while upon this last visit, his cheerful, free, varied, and instructive
conversation, gave me additional cause to love and admire him.

I am, dear sir, with great respect and esteem,
Your friend and obedient servant, JAMES KENT.
To DOCTOR HOSACK. New York, March 1Oth, 1833. DEAR SIR,

The Life of the late Thomas Eddy

is about to be published by
Colonel Knapp of this city, into whose hands I have placed the
materials I had collected for that purpose. Knowing that upon
the subject of prisons, and other objects of benevolence, he was
long in correspondence with you as a fellow labourer in the same
cause; it occurs to me that you may have some of his communi-
cations which are calculated to give interest to the publication in
view, and may from your personal knowledge of Mr. Eddy, and
of his pursuits, contribute some materials to the volume, that will