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Page 156 - By the means of the same noble friend he was introduced to the acquaintance of many of the first persons of the age for knowledge, wit, virtue, birth, or high station and particularly contracted a most intimate and bosom friendship with the learned and illustrious Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery.
Page 158 - To give these symmetry and taste, would not increase their cost. It would only change the arrangement of the materials, the form and combination of the members.
Page 156 - Ornament of his country, he was made receiver general of his majesty's revenues here ; was thrice appointed public agent to the court and ministry of England and being thirty-seven years a member, at last became president of the council of this colony.
Page 121 - ... dress them both together here and invited the whole family in. Aunt and uncle Hootton, uncle and aunt Baker, Uncle Head, Aunt Emlen, brother Jerry and wife, Caleb and wife, Billy Morris and wife, Jimmy Vaux and friend Sykes. We had a black woman to cook and an elegant entertainment it was — having three tureens of soup, the two shells baked besides several dishes of stew, with boned turkey, roast ducks, veal and beef.
Page 212 - I cannot call it by so severe a name, — one very pleasing diversion of the attention of the congregation from the parson was caused by an innocent custom that prevailed in many a country community. Just fancy the flurry on a June Sabbath in Killingly, in 1785, when Joseph Gay, clad in velvet coat, lace-frilled shirt, and white broadcloth knee-breeches, with his fair bride of a few days, gorgeous in a peach-colored silk gown and a bonnet trimmed "with sixteen yards of white ribbon...
Page 122 - Dined with Mr. Chew, Chief Justice of the Province, with all the gentlemen from Virginia, Dr. Shippen, Mr. Tilghman, and many others. We were shown into a grand entry and staircase, and into an elegant and most magnificent chamber, until dinner. About four o'clock, we were called down to dinner.
Page 129 - No other could boast of so many streets, so many houses, so many people, so much renown. No other city was so rich, so extravagant, so fashionable.
Page 123 - While Philadelphia was the seat of the Republican Court, the grandeur of Christ Church congregation was increased. The arrival of the worshippers in damasks and brocades, velvet breeches and silk stockings, powdered hair and periwigs, was a sight to see. Some came afoot, others drove in chairs or clattered up in cumbrous, awesome coaches, with two or four horses, while Washington's equipage, drawn by six cream-coloured steeds, added the final touch to the imposing spectacle.
Page 208 - ... in which only the persons of greatest importance in the community sat. Sometimes a row of square pews was built on three sides of the ground floor, and each pew occupied by separate families, while the pulpit was on the fourth side. If any man wished such a private pew for himself and family, he obtained permission from the church and town, and built it at his own expense. Immediately in front of the pulpit was either a long seat or a square inclosed pew for the deacons, who sat facing the congregation....