Letters From An American Farmer By Hector St. John De Crevecoeur



















































































































































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Among Those Who Do Not Use The Sea, I Observed The Same Calm Appearance As Among The Inhabitants On The Continent; Here I Found, Without Gloom, A Decorum And Reserve, So Natural To Them, That I Thought Myself In Philadelphia.

At my landing I was cordially received by those to whom I was recommended, and treated with unaffected hospitality

By such others with whom I became acquainted; and I can tell you, that it is impossible for any traveller to dwell here one month without knowing the heads of the principal families. Wherever I went I found a simplicity of diction and manners, rather more primitive and rigid than I expected; and I soon perceived that it proceeded from their secluded situation, which has prevented them from mixing with others. It is therefore easy to conceive how they have retained every degree of peculiarity for which this sect was formerly distinguished. Never was a bee-hive more faithfully employed in gathering wax, bee-bread, and honey, from all the neighbouring fields, than are the members of this society; every one in the town follows some particular occupation with great diligence, but without that servility of labour which I am informed prevails in Europe. The mechanic seemed to be descended from as good parentage, was as well dressed and fed, and held in as much estimation as those who employed him; they were once nearly related; their different degrees of prosperity is what has caused the various shades of their community.

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