BUILDING THE CITY
IT seemed more like magic than the sober, everyday
work of making homes, for straightway all that
portion of the country which was to contain our city, had
upon it men, women, and children, each eager to destroy
the last vestige of forest that the land might take on a
semblance of England.
Now you must understand that there were no fewer
than two Indian villages within the limits of the town
as marked out "by Thomas Holme, and some of our
people were eager to settle in those places, because of
there not being so much of labor required in cutting
down the trees; but this could not be.
William Penn had given strict orders to all who
bought land of him, that the savages were not to be
molested in any way; but should be sent away from
the country which had been given him by the king,
only when they were well inclined to go. Therefore
it was that we began to make our city around these
villages, being forced to wait until our governor came
to cleat in his own way with the Indians.
At one, time, after spring had come, I could see no
 less than eighteen log houses being set up, and, as if
that was not evidence enough that our city would
soon be built, one could hear the ring of an hundred or
more axes, while every few minutes the crashing of a
huge tree, as it was felled, told how rapidly the forest
was giving way before this army of home-hunters.
The work of building did not go on without
interruptions, however, and the first came when our people
decided that if we were to keep the few pigs which had
been brought from England, it was necessary that steps
be taken to lessen the number of bears.
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