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for him and Dr. Borden, most probably
American blood would now be running in
our streets. Pennsylvania has rendered her
name immortal, in being the first to oppose
those ferocious banditti

Hon. £. S. Kelly, was rather of a blueish
cast, but is a very amiable, worthy man. He
is an attorney, of good height and figure,
rather light, and young looking, with an
oval thin face, dark complexion, and dark
hair and eyes — his countenance is keen, at
once expressive of shrewdness and good
sense. He is affable in his manners, and is
said to be one of the most efficient members
of the Senate.

Hon. John Ryan, is one of my favorite
Germans. He is a gentleman of young ap-
pearance, middling height, and well made —
his face is round, full and fair, with hand-
some regular features, fair hair, and soft
blue eyes, his countenance open and manly,
and his manners candid and generous.

Hon. J. Miller, (of Perry,) is also a young
man, tall, slender and finely shaped, with
an oval, fair, smooth face, and mild, dark
eye, and bis countenance mild and placid ;
his manners are peculiarly dignified and en-

Hon. Jackson was a poor apology.

Hon. Matthia« Morris is a Yankee from
N. H. He represents Bucks — is a tall, fine
looking man, keen and actively made, with
a good face, dark complexion, and piercing
black eye. He is an attorney.

Hon. Krebs, is a middle aged man, rather
intelligent and genteel in his appearance.

Hon. Kerling, of Delaware, is also of
middle age, and middling height, oval face,
with deep blue eyes, and genteel appearance.

Hon. McClure, of Lycoming, is a hand-
some light figure, middle aged, redish hair
and eyebrows, pleasing countenance, and
easy manners.

Hon. Ringland, of Washington, is a keen,
fine figure, with fair face and very engaging

Hon. Seltzer, one of my Germans, and a

good sound man ;, is middle aged, and re-
spectable appearance.

Hoc John Ray, one of the best men in
Pennsylvania, German descent He and Mr.
Ryan, were sitting together; I liked their
honest generous faces, and drew my chair*,
and leaned over the bar, against which they
sat, and chatted with them some time. Mr.
Ray is of middle age, dark visage, black,
hair, and a keen sensible black eye — I waa-
much pleased with his generous countenance*
and fiank manners.

J. Hunt, Esq., another Senator, is from-
Chester county, the land of promise — he is a
good honest farmer, of middle age, and gen-
teel manly figure, with honesty and inde-
pendence depicted in his countenance — hia-
complexion is middling, his face roundV
with good features,, and a soft gray eye; his*
manners familiar and friendly.

Hons. Dr. Burden, of Philadelphia county,
and Wise, of Westmoreland, were absent at

Hon. Leech, of Mercer county, is also of
middle age; a tall man; round, fair, small
face, sharp nose, and very pleasing counte-

Of Hon. Houston, I find nothing in my
notes but chin and spectacles.

Hon. Frederick Hambright is another of"
my favorites, as generous as a prince, he is-
from Lancaster No more may be said of
him. Mr. Houston is also from Lancaster,
but he did not happen to strike me.

Hons. Drnmheller, Reif, Bertolet, Scott,
Hawkins, and Herbert, are all that remain
of the Senate.

As it is the first time, the body has at-
tracted the pen of the historian, it would
have given me pleasure to have described'
them particularly. But from what cause 1
know not, they have been overlooked in my
haste, or the notes lost. Must wait till next
time. It is painful to close the description-
of this noble body of freemen, with the much
lamented J. De Pui, Esq. the life, soul and
pride, as well as clerk of the Senate. He is
no more! Cruel death always culls the fair-
est flowers. Mr. De Pui was of Greene
county, and the handsomest man in the-
chamber; a fine towering figure, noble mein,
and the Chesterfield of the Senate. Peace to»
his shade.

When I last saw him, he received from
my hand, a set of my works, a present for the*
State. I shall never forget his modest bow,.
as he took the book from my hand, and the

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«weet smile which accompanied his thanks.

Col. W. S. Franklin, assistant clerk, was
<dso an interesting young man, nor most I
iorget the door-keeper, who is also sergeant*
at-arms, Mr. Robert Dickey, a most worthy
and kind man, and a perfect gentleman. I
nnever look at the exterior of a man, I al-
ways attend to his actions.

For the honor of this great State ; all pos-
sible honor was paid to me by the Senate,
;from the speaker down. They know how to
appreciate strangers, and by paying proper
rrespAct to their own rights, they know how
rto respect the rights of others.

If I was honored in the Senate, I was much
more so in the House. These noble warm
hearted people received me as though I were
••a dear parent It was quite a moving scene.
Pennsylvania had heard of me — I was for
-some time cherished in her bosom, when a
•child. They bad beard it— they had heard I
waB a brave man's widow — they had heard of
my adverse fortune — they had heard of my
independence — and the respect paid to me
'every where.

I was escorted to .the house, and met at the
door by two representatives ; these led me up
the front aisle — when the speaker descended
from his chair and received me with great
►condescension and kindness. He led me to a
•seat near the fire and seated himself by my
side. The speaker, Mr. Middles wai th, is
•not a handsome man, but his politeness made
him shine like diamonds — I shall ever re-
member him witn gratitude and esteem — he
'is a middle aged man. and middling height,
heavily made, with a round full face, dark
•complexion, and qpen benevolent counte-
nance ; Jie is a plain and friendly man.

Mr. J. A. Caldwell, of Lancaster county,
»was every thing to me— he is of middle age
and stoutly built, of fine appearance, and
warm easy manners.

Robert Miller, of Chester county, is like-
wise a middle aged sound German, of good
size, round face, fair complexion and mild
gray eyes, his countenance steady and unas-
suming, and a modest independence marks
his unsophisticated manners.

I was no less pleased with Mr. Peter
•Shindel, a good, staunch, firm German. I
'wish all our citizens were as honest and
sound as Mr. Shindel. He is low and square
'built, and seeing the other members sub-
scribing, he "did not care about reading or
buying a book, but he vood kif a vidow
.somdings," and .pulled out fiif ty cents.; more

than I would have received from a- missionary
in an hundred years, unless it was in the
price of a halter.

H. Petrikin, Esq., is a fine merry soul; he
despises the blues, tracts and priestcraft
Had seen and read my Black Book, and was
delighted to hear I had dispersed the black-
coats, and put the colleges to a stand — he was
one of the school committee; he and two or
three more soon made arrangements to intro-
duce a new and liberal mode of teaching,
which we in the goodness of our hearts, and
wisdom of our heads, declared and decreed,
should be general in Pennsylvania, and should
not contain a single priest or missionary.
We were to pull down all the colleges and
erect them anew. I showed them the ob-
scene letters I received from these godly peo-
ple, with the rules of the colleges. The lib-
eral members are for a general school sys-

Mr. P. is a young small man, with a keen
eye, and no small share of intelligence : he is
an independent and spirited speaker, and
guards against innovations with the eye of
an eagle.

N. P. Fetterman, Esq., is mentioned in
the 1st Vol. He is from Bedford, and is
also awake and on guard. Both he and Mr.
P. are attorneys. Mr. F. is a man of more
mildness, but eminent in virtue.

Mr. Roberts, is a young spare man, with
rather a clownish look — he speaks well ; I do
not kuow what county he is from ; as a mis-
sionary stole (I wish this was all they stole)
the paper with the names of the counties.

Mr. A. D. Kerr, of Washington county, is
a largo middle aged man, with an intelli-
gent countenance, fair complexion, and
wears spectacles — he is a close attentive

Gen. Krepps is a stout, portly young man,
with a round, full, ruddy face— good natured
open countenances very jovial and friendly.

Peter Lobach, Esq., of Cumberland, is
middle aged, and a fine noble figure, fair full
face, and open manly countenance, and the
pure cream of human kindness — he is quite
a plain farmer looking man, little touched
with the blues.

Rev. John Driesbach, a Methodist priest,
I think, is a slender thin visaged man,
sallow complexion, and soft blue eyes; his
countenance is mild, staid, and has much
sweetness — his manners are easy and amiable.
He is from East Buffalo, Union county.

Wm. Alexander, one of the stars, is from

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Ifewville. He is a middling sized man, of
very fine appearance; his figure light, and
his features of the best Grecian model ; hi«
countenance is mildness and intelligence
itself, and his manners are equally winning.

Gen. Frick, is quite a rustic, with a stout
figure, round face and wan countecance ; he
effects great singularity, and is full of horse
play and horse laugh. I should think his
heart or his head is unsound.

Mr. B. Champneys, is from Lancaster; he
is an an attorney, o f middling height, and
rather light make, with a handsome person ;
his features are regular and striking, and
visage round and fair; his countenance is
prepossessing, and he speaks with much
fluency and grace; he is quite young, and
very promising; his manners ara truly en-

Dr. Lehman, is from Philadelphia, also a
very engaging man; he is tall and keenly
made, with a small lynx eye ; his face is
oval, thin and handsomd, and his counte-
nance cool, staid, and contemplative ; he is a
sensible, shrewd, business-going man, and a
very handsome speaker — he is a perfect gen-
tleman in his manners and does honor to
those who elected him.

B. S. Bonsali. Esq., is from Philadelphia;
he is a tall fine figure, and handsomely
featured, with a soft full black eye, ruddy
complexion, benevolent countenance, and
very genteel interesting manners. He was
one of our committee to fix the school plan.

Mr. Fisher, from York, is also a genteel
good looking man.

J. R. Shannon is from Beaver all the way ;
he is one of the finest men on the floor— one
of your right down warm hearted men — gets
acquainted in a moment, and uses no cere-
mony. This is, however, peculiar to Penn-
sylvania, excepting Philadelphia; you cannot
find a fop in the State. Mr. S. is quite a
young man, stoutly made, with a round, full,
handsome face, and ruddy complexion. His
countenance is humanity itself, and his man-
ners fascinating, in the highest degree, and
is the idol of all who know him.

Mr. Blodget is a young looking man, of
good appearance, blue eyes and easy manners.

Mr. Rehrer is likewise a fine looking young
man, good figure, handsome features and
open benevolent countenacce,

Mr. Bastress, is a portly, elderly man,
with a coarse visage, rather blueish, but ap-
pears of good sound sense.

Mr. Martin, of Philadelphia, is a good-
looking man, and fine appearance.

Mr. John Galbraith, of Franklin, is a tall
fine figure, with a thin oval fair face, and
mild engaging countenance, and pleasant
manners, and a young looking man.

Mr. D. Lawson, is a rough farmer look-
ing man, of middling age and and good per-
son ; his face is rather dark, with a fine keen
intelligent eye, and benevolent countenance.
I was much surprised to find him a man of
reading, and general knowledge, and one of
the most active members of the house.

Mr. Geo. Farrell, is an amiable man, of
very pleasant manners and feeling heart,
middle-aged, and very intelligent. I can-
not say whether Mr. F. is a member or not
But this I can say, he is a most
valuable man to society. Alas! there is no
society. But I mean virtue, innocence,
and liberty. It is astonishing that the very
few friends of virtue and humanity, do not
unite for the common safety. Masonry, the
last prop of society, is attacked by these
savages— never was a better bait to take the
unwary, and were it not that what little
learning, honesty and common sense is left
from the ravages of these Tartar hordes, is
found amongst the Masons, the curtain of
liberty would soon drop forever.

I received a complimentary note from Mr.
Farrell, in approbation of the favorable
opinions I expressed of Masonry in my
writing. The note does honor to the Union ;
that if all the people in the world were Ma-
sons, no such tbing as war and blood shed or
cruelty, would disgrace the human race. Rut
this is impossible while ignorance and slav-
ery abounds.

Gen. J. Ash, of York, is also amongst
the respectable members. Likewise, Messrs.
Isaac Trimble, of Chester county, Arthur
McGill, of Pittsburg, Ezra Cope, of West
Chester, John Cox, of Shippensburg, and
Samuel White of Petersburg, Adams coun-
ty — these are all very amiable and independ-
ent men.

Messrs. Livingston and Boyd, deserve the
fag end of the house : both hot blue-skins of
the first water, and are from Philadelphia;
very little to its credit to send men to make
laws, who bored their tongues and hung
them— I could take a piece of maple aud
make better men if I had a Yankee carpen-
ter. I heard Livingston say, "we have
beggars enough." Very true: but if his
tract-ship, applied the epitaph to me, I throw

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it back in his face. Boyd bad an old maid
with bim trying to trade ber off.

Mr. Miller, of Philadelphia, is a very fine
man, bnt a little touched with the blues.

These are the principal members, a firm
generous independent body of men as
America can boast.

It would seem the taste of the assembly
entered in the person of its clerk. The
clerk of the house is the pride of the Sus-
quehanna, and bey or d question, the most
perfect model of manliness in the State, or
perhaps in America. He is about six feet,
five or six inches high, with clear made
limbs, perfect symmetry, young, pleasing in
his manners, handsomely featured, and his
gate easy and gr^eeful; his name is F. R.
Shunk, E*q.

The officers of the state government, are
also worthy respectable men — of them, the
principal are Gabriel Hiester, Esq., surveyor-
general, and A. Mahon, Esq., treasurer, and
the auditor-general, Gen. Hiester, is a rela-
tion of ex-Governor Hiester, and a stout,
young looking man, with a large, round fair
face, dark full eyes, and very easy plain
manners. His countenance is very interest-

Mr. Samuel Brenizer, his chief clerk, is
one of the finest looking men in the state —
he is a tall elegant figure, (these Susque-
hanna people are giants,) quite a young man,
with one of the handsomest faces in the
world — his complexion is fair, his eyes full
and blue, and the graces revel in his counte-

Mr. I. D. Rupp, in the secretary's office,
is rather a small man, but finely shaped,
with a rounl fair face, and mild blue eyes —
he very politely waited on me through
the bnilding, and showed me some
interesting relics of antiquity, viz: the
signature of James the 2d, King of Eng-
land — this was written in a plain hand, while
he was duke of York ; signed James, to a
deed to Penn. Also the original charter
of Charles 2d, to Penn. The colors
taken from the Hessians at Princeton —
several deeds from the Indians to Penn.
The first of these charters was dated in 1692,
the other in 1732. I did not see the secre-
tary of State, but found a great boar sitting
in his chair.

The auditor-general, David Mann, is a
very tall middle-aged man, of pleasing man-

David Mahon, the treasurer, is a stout

man, middle aged, full face, with a fine blue-
eye, and gentlemanly manners. Every
thing was in place in his office, and the busi-
ness appeared to be well conducted.

Gen. David Mann, was, however, the
flower of the flock.

Amongst the relics of old time, I met
with a number of chairs used by the old
congress at Philadelphia, from 35 to 40-
years ago. They were very large, and newly
covered with red morocco.


Hbtarleal, Biographical aa* Genealogical.


'•The History op the West Branch
Valley op the Sucquehann a, " No. l,has
made its appearance. This is a revised edi-
tion of the author's (John F. Meginness, of
William sport) Oteinachton, published in
1857, and whicb has become so rare, that the
demand was for a fresh revision of that very
interesting work. The pains-taking author
has done a good thing, and the limited edi-
tion of this volume should be secured at once
by all lovers of Pennsylvania history.

A Curious Tax Receipt.— "John Sar-
gint 1 and 3 in full for Andrew Stuart House
for the 1 804, 1 cent for himself.

Obed Fahnestock,

The above exact copy of a receipt for taxes
is written upon a small slip of strong, old-
fashioned paper, and was given to Sergeant,
sexton of the Presbyterian congregation,
which had no church then, meeting in the
court house. He occupied a frame house on
the north side of Walnut, midway between
Front street and River alley. Stewart lived
in Beaver county. "1 and 3" stands for
about 1 7 cents, that being the borough tax in
the good old days of our fathers. h.

Miller.— Matthew Miller, of Middleton
township, Cumberland county, Penn'a, made
his will September 11, 1784, which was pro-
bated at Carlisle March 29, 1797. He be-
queaths his estate to his children as follows:

i. Mary; m. Samuel Irwin, and had

ii. Sarah; m. Samuel Williamson, and
bad Matthew.

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ii\. John; m. and had Ann and Eliza-

to. Jenny; m. James Gillespie, and had
Matthew Miller.

«. Elizabeth.

vi. Ruth.

vii. Catharine.

viii. Matthew; "a tract of land in West-
moreland county."

Information is desired concerning this
family. Miller.


-The Architect of the 8tate Capitol of Pean-

[For the material for this sketch, we are
indebted to Thomas Hills, Esq., of Boston,
son of Joseph Hills, a brother of the archi-

Stephen Hills was the fifth child of John
and Sarah [Lewis] Hills, who were married in
December, 1755, and had a family of seven
sons and a daughter. Stephen, the fourth
son, was born at Ashford, Kent connty,
England, August 10th, 1771. According to
the custom of the times, he was "bound out
for seven years" as apprentice to a local
housewright, living in his "master's" family
until his twenty-first birth-day. In 1794
he married Margaret Ashby, of Pluck-
ley, a parish village about five miles from
Ashford. He was the first of five brothers
who came to America, arriving at Boston in
either 1796 or 1797. His brothers Richard
and William joined him in 1801, and subse-
quent to his departure for this city about
1802, his brothers George and Joseph, and
.their widowed mother, came to the United
States and settled in the capital of New

While a resident of Boston he was ac-
ively engaged in business and built several
Tiouses. The building erected for his own
liome in 1799, in what was then the outskirts
of the town, still stands in what is now a
very thickly settled part of Boston. The
city's geographical center has passed it, and
is now nearly a mile beyond its location. At
how early a date he became a resident of
Harrisburg is not known to his New Eng-
land relatives, but it is believed that he built
many of the houses of that city which were
erected in the earlier part of the present
century. His plans for the Capitol of Penn-
sylvania were adopted, and he was the builder
as well as the architect of that edifice, the

corner stone of which was laid May 31st,

While on a visit to England his wife, Mar-
garet Hills, died at Harrisburg, on Sunday,
August 4, 1822, in the 51st year of her age,
. leaving four childreu. Sarah, who married
November 20, 1821, Samuel White, and
subsequently removed to Indianapolis, where
she was living in 1845, and three sons, John,
Stephen and Thomas. Before returning to
America Mr. Hills again married, and was
for a short time once more a resident of Har-
risburg. About 1825 he went to England for
the last time and remained there about eleven
years, and in the winter of 1836-7 returned
to the United States. He is described by
those who knew him at this time as a man
of large frame, weighing about two hundred
and fifty pounds. In the spring of 1837 he
went to Jefferson City to build the capitol
for the State of Missouri. The plans made
for the Pennsylvania structure were ac-
cepted for this edifice, and so closely fol-
lowed that the building was practically a
duplicate of his earlier work. Immediately
following the completion of the capitol, he
commenced the erection of the university at
Columbia, in that State, and finished his
contract in the spring of 1843. He then
retired from his profession and went to his
farm in tbe western part of Illinois [about
twelve miles from St Louis]. Here he died,
October 17 th, 1844, leaving a widow and
her children, two daughters and a son ; and
a son, daughter and six grandchildren as
descendants of himself and Margaret Ashby,
his first wife.


From the Records of the I^and Department.


Francis Hughes, w. for 200 a, "upon
Hay creek in Robinson township* whereon he
wns settled before August, 1732," now
Berks county.

Abraham Harr of the co. of Lancaster,
Jan nary 4, 1737, w. for 300 a. "twenty
miles over Susquehannah river to the north
of Faxtang, situate on Juniata creek.

Samuel Harris, w. for 250 a. Feb. 10,
1737, "upon Conegochege. "

James Harris and Robert Harris,
brothers of the foregoing, w. for 250 a.
Feb. 10, 1737, in Hanover twp., Lancaster, co*

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Chables Harris, brother of the forego-
ing, w. for 250 a. Feb. 10, 1737, "on Cone-

Samuel Hendricks, w. for 1 50 a. June
6, 1738, * 'adjoining James Mitchell, oppo-
site the Connoi Town, on the West side of
Sasqaahannah. "

Joseph Harris and Jeremiah Harris,
sons of John Harris, of Lancaster county,
took up 400 a. of land "at Conecochege, "
Sept 4, 1738.

"Monaday Township, in Lancaster co.,"
in 1737.

"Indian Town creek," near the foot of the

Christian Haldeman, w. for 150 a. in
Donegal township, May 22, 1745, originally
warranted to Ludwig Metz, April 20, 1743.

Henry Harris, w. for 100 a. "on Ber-
mudian creek west side of Sasquahanna
River. March 18, 1746."

Robert Harris, w. for 100 a. "in Rath-
mullin twp." in 1737.

James and Thomas Harris in Donegal twp.
Lancaster county, in 1 737.

Lieut Adam Hoopes, settled on a tract of
200 a. of land in Hopewell twp. , Cumber-
land co,, in 1749.

On 4th March, 1754, the Proprietaries
granted 20 a. to I icholas Kurtz and Conrad
Weiser in trust for the Lutheran congrega-
tion to build a church on, adjoining land of
Christian Brent zer, in Bethel twp, Lancas-
ter CO.

Francis Beatty, took up 200 a. of land on
Conoy Creek Feb. 4, 1 737, but subsequently
sold his right

"Between Pine creek and the Gnadenberg"
Lancaster co.

JONAS LaRue took up, Oct 2, 1734, 350
a. of land in Leacock twp., Lancaster co.

"Castle's Mill, on Swatara," in Derry
twp., Lancaster co., 1737.

"On the east side of Conogochege,inaplace
commonly called The Castle," 300 acres to
William Maxwell, Dec 18, 1737.

"On a spring that sinks and rises again
runs into Conogochege." Where is this ?

Robert McCoy w. for 200 a. "on Cedar
Spring near Potowmack old Road," Feb. 15,

"Edmund Cartledge's race ground, west
of Sasqaahannah," 1737.

Leonard Miller w. for 100 a. of land
"about a mile and-a-half from an Indian
Town," Auguit21, 1751.

"Berry's Narrows at Hunter's Falls," in»

"Bloody Run," in Upper Paxtang, in

"Round Top," in Derry township, so
named in 1775,

"Fish Island," 20 perches N. E. of B.
Galbraith's Island and opposite land of
Abraham Stoner on the Lancaster shore in
Donegal township,

Michael Miller, "on Wiskinisking
creek, opposite to an Indian Town, " Oct 17,

George Miller, land adjoining the
foregoing, 1751.

On Dec 17, 1754, 20 a. to George Mess,
Jacob Kemerlin and Jacob Eppricht, in Leb-
anon Twp., "in trust for the Dutch Re-

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