such a river as England can not boast of

Charity Clarke was the daughter of a retired British Army captain, and thus a potential loyalist. She was, in fact, not afraid to speak her mind in support of the American cause and proudly recounted the natural beauties of the Hudson in a letter to her cousin Joseph Jekyll in London.

Claremont, New York June 16, 1768I left home a few days ago in order to spend a month with a young lady near an hundred miles from N York and came by water when I had the pleasure of sailing up such a river [the Hudson] as England can not boast of, it is true we did not see a country so well cultivated as it might have been had it run through any part of England; but it is the most romantick prospect you ever saw, made almost for the foundation of a world, woods & mountains can give it. Nor is it entirely uncultivated we saw feilds of Grain & vilages & frequently houses, the winding of the river & the number of sloops that were going & coming made it a delightful scene; you may boast the work of art, and beauties the consequence of countries long settled & filled with inhabitants. Nature has given us the advantage & when this country is as much improved as yours, we will exceed you as much in the beauty &c of that, as we do now in virtue, excel the inhabitants of Great Britain.
You may think I puff, I will appeal to Capt. Jekyll; he knows wither I do or no. …
your affectionate Cousin & Sincere friend Chay. Clarke

The excerpt is from In the Words of Women, Chapter 1, page 8. Read another post by Charity Clarke HERE.

posted September 20th, 2012 by Janet, CATEGORIES: New York, Travel

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