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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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shall not fail to send you a copy; and, I trust, it
may be found to contain matter applicable to Ame-
rica, where the morals in vulgar life are so assimi-
lated to those of England, that the same remedies
will apply in both countries. You will see, however,
in the treatise on education, that I have given some
details, relative to the criminality of the country,
which I have enlarged upon in the treatise on indi-
gence, which now occupies my attention. The war
eases us of many idle and dissolute characters, who
find employment in the army and navy; yet, the
calendar of delinquency greatly exceeds what could
be wished, and much remains to be done to counter-
act the evils which opulence produces in society,
joined to a want of proper attention to the religious
and moral instruction of the poor. You will see,
from the subject of this letter, that it is only meant
for your own eye, or that of your private friends.
I shall soon write you again, and send you the report,
published last year, by our society for bettering the
condition of the poor. I fear nothing but legislative
measures, adapted to the present state of society, will
produce that general amelioration, which is so much

I remain, with the greatest regard and esteem,
Dear Sir, your sincere and affectionate friend, P. COLQUHOUN.
Mr. THOMAS EDDY, New York. London, 26th July, 1808. MY DEAR SIR,

I send you a series of the reports which have been
published for Bettering the Condition of the Poor,
since I last had the pleasure of transmitting the
former ones. I shall, in a short time, have the plea-
sure of addressing you on our economical system
here. I lament to say, that the dreadful state of
Europe, I mean the continent, tormented by the decrees
of its extraordinary ruler, excluding all commercial