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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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in their opinions of the superior efficacy of this plan,
that it is in vain to urge to them that it is cruel and
impolitic. The projectors of this plan, are my par-
ticular friends, of the first rank and respectability in
the city of Philadelphia

. I have no doubt but the
experience of one year will convince them of their

I cannot be reconciled to think myself deserving
thy very handsome compliment, in attributing to me
having an important share in the establishment of
the reformatory system in this country; the chief
credit is due that truly wise and good man, William

whose example and hints relating to this
great subject, was acted on and improved by a num-
ber of my valuable friends in Philadelphia, soon after
Pennsylvania was declared an independent state.

I have been very much gratified with thy commu-
nications, and most particularly by the several pub-
lications on the subject of penal jurisprudence, and
I do beg, thou wilt be so kind as to favour me, occa-
sionally, with some account of the progress made in
the reformatory system in England, and if any thing
is doing relating to it, on the continent.

I remain, yours, &c. THOMAS EDDY.
To WILLIAM ROSCOE, ESQ. Albany, 31st December, 1825. DEAR SIR,

I have received your letter of the 27th. Every time
I visit Buffalo

, I am fully convinced that the conti-
guity of our settlements is destructive to the frac-
tional or remnant population of the red men, and
that therefore their only salvation lies in removal to
a distance. I have, however, never authorized any
communication through Captain Parrish, or any other
agent, on that point. My rule has been to leave them
to their own volitions.