OUR HUMBLE PREPARATIONS
THERE was little we could do toward adorning the
settlement. Houses were half built, with a great
litter of logs lying around them, and the roads, not
having been cleared of stumps, could be found
only after much hunting for the marks on the trees
that had been cut by Thomas Holme, when he
measured the land so it should be in accord with the
plan William Penn himself had made.
There were already up, in fairly good condition,
fourteen or fifteen houses, including my father's, and
 the timbers of the dwelling to be made for William
Penn himself were already in place; but there was
no building which, to our minds, would lodge him
However, as father said, he was coming to his own,
knowing full well we had followed his instructions
to the best of our ability, and if things were not fine
enough, we could not be blamed.
The one matter which we did settle, was as to where
he should first come ashore, for there we wanted to
gather in order to give him such welcome as was
within our power.
William Guest was building a tavern on the shore
at the foot of the street which we counted to call
Valley, because of its running through the lowest
portion of the land. It was needed that we should have
such a building in our town, for there were many men
coming who had no wives and therefore could not
well set up housekeeping alone, and some place had
to be provided where they might have food and beds
for a fair price.
Because of this tavern's being, so far as built, the
largest house in the city, and because of its standing
close by the water our people decided that we would
gather at that point, and the half-finished building
was covered with all the gay cloths and high colored
blankets we could muster.
 There is no need to say that the Indians soon
understood that something unusual was afoot, and by
sunrise next morning they came in from the villages
until I question if there was left a single person to
look after the huts.
At first Jethro and I believed the savages ought to
be sent to their homes, for our governor should be
welcomed only by his own people; but before many
minutes had passed, we decided it was well for them
to be there, because of their swelling the number
waiting to receive him, and of giving to the throng a
coloring which it otherwise would have lacked.
The headdresses of feathers worn by the savages
could be seen here and there, making quite as brave
a display as did our gay cloths, and I dare venture to
say that never had this river of ours flowed past quite
so important looking an assemblage.
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