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Their mo. Rey.
of the stem, and bake them in the ashes; and after 1683.
be sixpence; which is made of the bone of a fish: the black is, with them, as gold; the white, silver; they call it all wampum.
XXII. “ Their government is by Kings; which they call Sachama; and those by fucceflion, but al- vernment. ways of the mother's side. For instance, the children of him, who is now king, will not fucceed, but his brother by the mother, or the children of his sister, whose sons (and after them the children of her daughters) will reign; for no woman inherits. The reason, they render for this way of descent, is, that their issue may not be fpurious. XXIII. “ Every King hath his council; and that
Their mode consists of all the old and wife men of his nation; of doing buwhich, perhaps, is two hundred people. Nothing w.Penn of moment is undertaken, be it war, peace, fel- &c. ling of land, or traffick, without advising with them; and, which is more, with the young men
It is admirable to consider how powerful the Kings are, and yet how they move by the breath of their people. I have had occasion to be in council with them, upon treaties for land, and to adjust the terms of trade. Their order is thus: The King fits in the middle of an half moon, and hath his council, the old and wife, on each hand; behind them, or at a little distance, fit the younger fry, in the fame figure. Having consulted and resolved their business, the King ordered one of them to speak to me; he stood up, came to me, and, in the name of his King, faluted me; then took me by the hand, and told me, “ He was ordered by his King to speak to me; and that now it was not he, but the King, that spoke; because what he should say was the King's mind."--He first prayed me, “ To excuse them, that they had not complied with me, the last time, he feared 
1683. there might be some fault in the Interpreter, being
neither Indian nor English: besides, it was the In-
XXIV. “ The justice they have is pecuniary:
In case of any wrong, or evil fact, be it murder doing juf- itself, they atone by feasts, and presents of their tice, &c. wampum; which is proportioned to the quality of
Their mode of
the offence, or person injured, or of the sex they 1683.
XXV. “ We have agreed, that, in all differ-
Their resemblance of the
First European planters, &c.
1683. man would think himself in Duke's place, or Bere
ry-street, in London, when he seeth them. But this is not all; they agree in rites; they reckon by
moons; they offer their first fruits; they have a Jerus, &c. kind of feast of tabernacles; they are said to lay
their altar upon twelve stones ; their mourning a year; customs of women, with many other things, that do not now occur.
“ So much for the natives ; next, the old planters will be considered in this relation, before I come to our colony, and the concerns of it.
XXVII. “ The first planters, in these parts, were the Dutch; and soon after them, the Swedes and Finns. The Dutch applied themselves to traffick; the Swedes and Finns, to husbandry. There were some disputes between them, some years; the Dutch looking upon them, as intruders upon their purchale and poffeffion; which was finally end. ed in the surrender, made by John Rizeing, the Swed dish Governor, to Peter Styresant, Governor for the states of Holland, anno 1655.
XXVIII. “ The Dutch inhabit mostly those Svecie Tet- parts of the province, that lie upon, or near the tlers, &c. bay; and the Swedes, the freshes of the river Dela
There is no need of giving any description of them; who are better known there than here; but they are a plain, strong, industrious people; yet have made no great progress, in culture, or propagation, of fruit trees; as, if they desired rather to have enough, than plenty, or traffick. But, I presume, the Indians made them the more careless, by furnishing them with the means of profit, to wit, skins and furs, for rum, and fuch strong liquors. They kindly received me, as well as the English, who were few, before the people, concerned with me, came among them. I must needs commend their respect to authority, and kind behaviour to the English; they do not degene
Of the Dutch and
rate from the old friendship, between both king. 1683.
XXIX - The Dutch have a meeting place, for Dutch and religious worship, at New-castle; and the Swedes, Swedes three; one at Christina, one at Tenecum; and one worship.
places of at Wicoco, within half a mile of this town.
XXX. - There rests that I speak of the condi- of the pretion we are in, and what fettlement we have made: sent state of in which I will be as short as I can; for I fear, and not without reason, that I have tried your patience with this long story. The country lieth, bounded on the east, by the river and bay of Delaware, and eastern sea; it hath the advantage of many creeks, or rivers rather, that run into the rivers. the main river, or bay; some navigable for great ships, some, for small craft. Those of most emipency are, Christina, Brandywine, Skilpot, and Sculkil; any one of which have room to lay up the royal navy of England; there being from four to eight fathom water.
XXXI. “ The lefser creeks, or rivers, yet con- Creeks, venient for floops and ketches of good burden, are Lewis, Mespilion, Cedar, Dover, Cranbrook, Feversham and Georges, below; and Chichester, Chester, Toacawny, Pammapecka, Portqueflin, NeShimenck and Pennberry, in the freshes; many lėsser, that admit boats and shallops. Our people are mostly settled upon the upper rivers; which are pleasant and sweet, and generally bounded with good land: The planted part of the province and territories is cast into fix counties, Philadelphia, Number of Buckingham, Chester, New-castle, Kent and Sussex; counties
, containing about four thousand souls. Two ral afsemblies have been held, and with such con- &c.
Two gene- semblies,