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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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and how triumphantly they are doing battle in
the world. Christian love shows itself in them,
seasoned with a little innocent, worldly cunning in
manner and a delicate sharpness of temper. The
women please me particularly, from that quiet
refinement of demeanor, both inward and outward,
which I have already observed; their expression is
sensible; nobody ever hears them ask senseless
questions. One meets with many striking
countenances among them, with remarkably lovely
eyes, purely cut features, and clear complexions.
The interest which the Quaker women take in the
affairs of their native land, and especially in those
which have a great human purpose, is also a
feature which distinguishes them from the ordinary
class of ladies.

June 25. Yesterday, midsummer-day, I visited
the old Swedish church here; for the Swedes were
the first settlers on the Delaware, and were possessed
of land from Trenton Falls to the sea, and
it was from them that William Penn bought the
ground on which Philadelphia now stands.

Mr. Clay, the present minister, invited me to
meet at his house all the descendants of the earliest
Swedish settlers whom he knew. It was a company
of from fifty to sixty, and I shook hands with
many agreeable persons, but they had nothing

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