BUT there was plenty of this waiting to be done,
for Samuel Carpenter was about to build a coffee-house
on the river bank at the foot of Walnut Street, for the
better serving of strangers, and not only asked Jethro
and me to make the nails, but promised, in case he
put up a bakehouse, as was in his mind, we should
have other work at the forge that would bring in more
I had already said to myself that I would go to the
people in Germantown to learn the art of weaving,
father having declared that one might build up a good
trade in such work; but there was no reason why I
should not do what Samuel Carpenter desired, if for
no other purpose than to get more money with which
to embark in the new business.
Until this time all our boards had been sawn by
hand, one man standing above the timber, and another
below. Now, however, we were to have a mill for
such purpose, which would not only tend to make
possible quicker work in the way of building; but
 serve to prevent the Germans from pluming themselves
on having the only mill in the country.
In fact, our city grew as I had never believed it
could, until, instead of being a settlement in the
wilderness, it was as fair a town as one could ask to look upon;
and I had come to believe, because of my own affairs'
prospering so finely, that our Philadelphia would
soon stand equal to any of the cities I had seen in
England, save, perhaps, London, when came that blow
which brought deepest sorrow to our hearts.
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