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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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traits which gained for him an extraordinary share
of fond esteem and confidence, wherever he was
known. He belonged to the religious denomination
of Friends, and in the modest simplicity of his tone
and habits, and the directness, equanimity, and toler-
ance of his spirit, as well as by the absolute useful-
ness of his pursuits and studies, he seemed to realize
the picture which William Penn

himself sketched, as
that of a genuine disciple, and a true Christian, in
his interpretation of Christianity.

There are few, we believe, of the splendid internal
improvements, of the foundations of social charity,
or the plans for the amelioration of public morals
and education, that have signalized, during the pre-
sent century, the judgment, benevolence, and enter-
prise of New York

, with which the name of Thomas
is not connected, with more or less original
and acknowledged merit. He was among the first
projectors and promoters of the Grand Canal; he
took a principal part in the establishment and admin-
istration of hospitals, penitentiaries, high schools, and
houses of refuge; he entered into all their details
with equal zeal and intelligence; he read, he wrote,
he travelled, almost without intermission, for pur-
poses of common good or special humanity:—he
united the bias and exertions of a Howard and a Bene-
, to those propensities and inquiries which imme-
diately advance the trade, agriculture, and gene-
ral comfort and beauty of a state. This is a rare
combination of tastes and endeavours, and in him it
was not in the least ostentatious or officious, but
wore a natural, easy, unobtrusive air, suitable to his
whole mien and style, and never failed to prove effi-
cient, when it had scope and encouragement. So
beneficent a being is now enjoying a rest happier
than that of any of his race, who worshipped at
shrines of false glory, and wearied their powers in
seeking or achieving the triumphs of ambition, vanity,
or avarice. We have seen men of stout hearts, but