History of Philadelphia

The gradual changes which time makes, in men and things are scarcely perceptible, to those who are present, and observe them, as they take place. It is he only, who has been many years absent, and returns, that perceives the extent of these changes. The parent, who is constantly with his children, sees them gradually pass, from infancy to childhood, from childhood to youth, and from youth to manhood, without being struck with these changes; but let the same parent, leave his little, flock, in their tender years, and return not, 'till some one of his family, has become engaged in the active scenes of life, and he will scarcely credit his eyes, or recognize in them, the little prattling things he left, and whose images, he has ever cherished, in his inmost heart. A strange feeling will come over him a feeling of astonishment, compounded with pride and admiration.

Source: A History of Philadelphia: With a Notice of Villages, in the Vicinity, Printed and published by Daniel Bowen, 1839

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