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Intelligence . —German Emigrants * 421
GERMAN EMIGRANTS . Account of a Religious Society * tvho lately emigrated from Germany to Americ a * [ We extract , from a respectable daily newspaper , ( JWorn . Chron . ) the following account , "which , in this period of faction , revolution and war , will afford some gratification to our readers , as showing the triumphs of peaceful industry . It illustrates also the good policy of religious liberty in a state , and the folly as well as malignity of persecution . A thousand such instances are to be found in the United States , that bulwark against European tyranny , that asylum from European oppression . —If any person in America , acquainted with the society , should cast his eye upon this article , we would solicit from him a more particular account of their principles and polity . Edit . ]
It is now a little more than five years , since a number of German families , styling themselves " the Harmony Society , " went to the United States , with the view of forming a distinct settlement . They soon planted themselves in the
wilderness of Butler County , in the north-western corner of Pennsylvania . The following account of the origin and progress of their settlement is copied from the Mirror , a paper published in the neighbourhood of this frugal , industrious and thriving people .
" The Association of Harmony had its origin in Germany upwards of twenty years ago , and feeling themselves much oppressed , on account of their religion , they concluded to seek a country where they could exercise their religion without hindrance or oppression . They chose the U . S . of America .
" In the year 1804 , in December , about 20 families arrived in ^ elinople , in the neighbourhood of which Mr . George Rapp , with some others , bought about four thousand seven hundred acres f land , and during that fall built nine log-houses .
" In the year 1805 , in the spring , the society consisted of about fifty families . They laid out the town of Harmony on their own land , and in that spring built twelve log-houses 34 feet by 18 , built a large barn , cleared is acres round the town , and 151 acres for corn and 50 acres for potatoes . A grist-mill was built this year , the race * 3- $ of a mile long , and
< c In the year 1807 , 360 acres were cleared for grain and a meadow , a brick store-house built , a saw-mill and beer ^ brewery erected , and 4 aCres of vines planted ; in this year , the society sold 500 bushels of grain and 3000 gallons of whiskey , manufactured by themselves of their own produce
15 acres cleared for meadow , the other ground sowed with wheat and rye . In the fall and winter , thirty houses more were built . ( c In the year 1806 , an inn was built , two stories high , 42 feet by 32 feet , and some other houses ; 300 acres cleared for corn , 58 acres for meadow ; an oil mill was built , and a tannery , a blue-dyer ' s shop , and a frame barn 100 feet long .
" In the year ij £ o 8 , a considerable quantity of ground cleared , a meetinghouse built of brick , 70 feet long and 5 $ wide , another brick house built ) some other buildings and stables for cattle , potash , soap-boiler and candle-drawer shops erected , a frame barn of 80 feet long built . Of the produce of this year was sold aooo bushels of grain , and 1400 bushels were distilled .
" In the year i 8 op a fulling-mill was built , which does a great deal of busi * ness for the country ; also a hemp-mill , an oil-mill , a grist-mill , a brick-warehouse 46 feet by 36 , and another brick building of the game dimensions , one of which has a cellar completely arched under the whole , for the purpose ^ of a wine cellar . A considerable quantity of
* Not a course for horse-racing * , we presume . Edit ,
from the line of his duty as to sign such an infamous paper * It was ill drawn irp , was not warranted in its assertions , and was calculated to produce nothing but niischief to all parties concerned in it . When an army petitions , and collects suffrages , the throns is unstable . at ..... , i ,. - ,. , .. _ , z
This has been proved in too m » y in " stances on record to deserve comment ; and that is likely to be a strange army which appoints its commander in chief , and if it is content with one appointment only .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 421, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/45/