Old Roads Out of Philadelphia (Google eBook)

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J.B. Lippincott, 1917 - Buildings - 313 pages
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see chapter "Lancaster Turnpike"--extensive quoting of primary sources, conflict, laborers, accidents. also a chapter on gulf road

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Page 164 - I can assure those gentlemen, that it is a much easier and less distressing thing to draw remonstrances in a comfortable room by a good fireside, than to occupy a cold, bleak hill, and sleep under frost and snow, without clothes or blankets.
Page 56 - Providence has brought us here safe. Thou hast been the companion of my perils. What wilt thou that I should call this place?
Page 134 - WHAT an image of peace and rest Is this little church among its graves ! All is so quiet ; the troubled breast, The wounded spirit, the heart oppressed, Here may find the repose it craves. See, how the ivy climbs and expands Over this humble hermitage, And seems to caress with its little hands The rough, gray stones, as a child that stands Caressing the wrinkled cheeks of age...
Page 202 - Were I so tall to reach the pole, Or grasp the ocean with my span, I must be measured by my soul: The mind's the standard of the man.
Page 207 - Here dwelt a printer and I find That he can both print books and bind ; He wants not paper, ink, nor skill He's owner of a paper mill. The paper mill is here hard by And makes good paper frequently, But the printer, as I here tell, Is gone unto New York to dwell.
Page 27 - AND call they this Improvement ? — to have changed, My native Clyde, thy once romantic shore, Where Nature's face is banish'd and estranged, And Heaven reflected in thy -wave no more...
Page 206 - Pennsylvania," in which he alludes to the settlement : — " The German town of which I spoke before, Which is at least in length one mile or more, Where lives High German people and Low Dutch, Whose trade in weaving linen cloth is much, There grows the flax, as also you may know That from the same they do divide the tow. Their trade suits well their habitation, — We find convenience for their occupation.
Page 49 - Three of these in the interior held nine passengers, and a tenth passenger was seated by the side of the driver on the front bench. A light roof was supported by eight slender pillars, four on each side. Three large leather curtains suspended to the roof, one at each side and the third behind, were rolled up or lowered at the pleasure of the passengers. There was no place nor space for luggage, each person being expected to stow his things as he could under his seat or legs. The entrance was in front,...
Page 207 - Germantown, t'other hard by. A paper mill near German-Town doth stand, So that the flax which first springs from the land, First flax, then yarn, and then they must begin, To weave the same which they took pains to spin. Also when on our backs it is well worn, Some of the same remains ragged and Torn; Then of the Rags our Paper it is made ; Which in process of time doth waste and fade : So what comes from the earth, appeareth plain, The same in Time, returneth to earth again.
Page 163 - I am now convinced beyond a doubt, that, unless some great and capital change suddenly takes place in that line, this army must inevitably be reduced to one or other of these three things ; starve, dissolve, or disperse in order to obtain subsistence in the best manner they can.

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