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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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them provident habits. I send you, under cover, the
plan of our institution, which has just commenced,
and which has been the result of much discussion
and deliberation. When Doctor Francis

returns, I
shall trouble him with a few of such publications as
you may wish to possess. My various occupations,
joined to an advanced period of life, render me less
able than I could wish, to take an active share in
the management of many institutions of a charitable
nature, to which I must be satisfied only to be a
contributor. Many of them are excellent, while not
a few have been established without the aid of that
caution and good judgment which is calculated to
produce utility, which tends to reduce the funds of
others, whose beneficial efforts are obvious and cer-
tain; and hence it is, that much money is expended
where little practical benefit results. Our Free
Schools, for the education of the poor, are now be-
come very general all over the country, which, I trust,
will give a new and improved character to the rising
generation among the poor, which is so much want-
ed in England. Referring you to my next, I remain

My dear friend,
Your's affectionately, P. COLQUHOUN.
MR. THOMAS EDDY, New York New York, 5th mo. 2nd, 1816. ESTEEMED FRIEND,

Thy very kind favour of 9th mo. 17th, was receiv-
ed some time sinceā€”its interesting details have
afforded considerable satisfaction, and, with the work
on the constitution of Lunatic Asylums, will be highly
useful to us. I should have replied to thy letter sooner
than this date, but the Governors having applied to
our Legislature for aid towards completing the pro-
posed establishment, I waited to know the result, in
order that I might inform thee. I have now the