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74 BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION. I must beg you to accept of my best thanks and warmest acknowledgments for your kind wishes for my happiness—and believe me to be—with very great esteem & regard Sir, Yr Most Obedt. HbIe. Servt. Go. Washington Mr. William Hartshorne.— Newspaper Account. Account of the celebration when Washington passed through Philadelphia on the way to his inauguration at New York, 4 mo. 20, 1789. During the day there were repeated discharges of artillery and at night fire-works. " The whole was conducted & concluded in the utmost order & harmony.—We are happy to add, that in compliance with the request of the Mayor & Corporation, the decoration of a vessel in the Del., opp. to Market St., was substituted for the illumination of the city, which some of the inhabitants had in contemplation."—Freeman's Journal (Phila.), Apr. 22, 1789. Copy in the Library of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. AN ENGLISH FRIEND ON THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.* William Forster2 (1747-1824), schoolmaster, of Tottenham near London, expresses himself thus, in a letter to his sister, Elizabeth Forster, of Birmingham , dated 2 mo. 20th, 1775: " I shall send with this some of Cous. [Cousin] M. Birkbecks Letters, which beg thou'lt return p[er] first Opportunity] : thou'lt see by his last he does not approve of the Congress 3 or its measures & is severe in his Remarks on them, in which I will not join him. I think they acted constitutionally, and their Resolves are so, & whatever violent measures they have engaged in, they have been forced into by our arbitrary illegal proceedings ; in short, I have the honor to be of Chatham's and Camden's Opinion, and tho' I think we never were engaged in a more unchristian wicked exertion of despotic power than at present, yet I am much pleased to find there are honest men in both Houses who will exert themselves for the Welfare of their Country, & shew a venal and corrupt Ministry that their whole Proceedings must every way terminate to their Confusion, and in this Opinion I am also rejoiced to find most of our valuable Friends. " Thou hast, I suppose seen Wilkes and Johnston's speeches, also the Debates in the upper House, where the sly Mansfield so jesuitically defends his 1 From original letter in the possession of Mrs. Vere O'Brien, of Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, 1924. Transcript supplied by Norman Penney. 2 This W. F. was father of William Forster, the minister. 3 The First Continental Congress, held in Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia. ITEMS FROM PERIODICALS.75 Cause; where Lyttleton prostitutes his abilities in defaming and attempting to ridicule a brave People ; where Gower, Grafton, & Suffolk impose upon the People in setting Affairs in a false Light; where the whole Bench of hireling Bishops, always alarmed at Abridgment of any of their privilidges, appear asleep while the Liberties of others are destroying, except in giving their Voice for it ; where Chatham, Camden, Rockingam, & Shelburne expous [expose] them & explains their Intentions, their proceedings and the futility of their attempts. I can assure thee from undoubted authority, that there are thirty Transports in the River for the sole purpose of carrying Soldiery, some of which are to load in Dublin, besides the men of War. I sincerely hope, they'll desert as soon as they land, or if they are so unhappy as to be so foolish to engage with their Friends they may not conquer. But perhaps too much already of this." ITEMS FROM PERIODICALS. Friends Intelligencer, 6 mo. 20, 1925, contains an account of Friends House, the new headquarters planned for The Society of Friends in London. There is also an illustration showing how the house will appear when completed . The 125th anniversary of the opening of the Friends' School at Gwynedd was celebrated on 5 mo. 23, 1925. Friends Intelligencer, 6 mo. 6, 1925, contains an interesting account of the reunion of teachers and pupils, and photographs of the School and the entrance to the grounds. Friends Intelligencer, 6 mo. 13, 1925, gives a photograph of Third Haven Meeting House near Easton, Maryland. This is said to be the oldest frame Meeting house or church...


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