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Peggy Owen Patriot
A Story for Girls

written by "Peck, H. J."
...a dress this winter. So thee must not think it thy fault that I got it. Would though that I had not. I wonder if my mother hath a wedding gown. This is vastly pretty.” “Is ?t not?” cried Peggy. “And, Sally, I hear there is to be dancing after the tea at the 67 general’s. It is strange for Quakers to attend such affairs. Why, does thee not remember how we used to wish to attend the weekly assemblies, and how it was spoke against in the meeting?” “It is strange,” assented Sally, “but Quakers go everywhere now with the world’s people. What was it that Master Benezet used to teach us? Something anent the times, was it not?” “?O tempora! O mores,’” quoted Peggy. “?O the times! O the manners!’ How long ago it seems since we went to Master Benezet’s school. Heigh ho! would I were attending it again!” “Why, Peggy Owen, would thee wish to miss this tea?” demanded her friend. “For my part I am monstrously glad that I am through with books; for now I am going to——” She paused abruptly. “But ’tis to remain secret for a time,” she added. “Sally! a secret from me?” exclaimed Peggy reproachfully. “I thought thee told me everything.” “I do; usually,” returned the other with a consequential air. “But this is of great import, and is not to be known for a few days. 68 Oh, Peggy,” she cried, suddenly dropping her important mien, and giving Peggy a hearty squeeze. “I am dying to tell thee all about it, but I cannot until—until—well, until the night of General Arnold’s tea.” And so it came about that Peggy had another incentive for awaiting that event impatiently. [1] This, in fact, was not recovered until long afterward in London. 69CHAPTER VI—TEA AT HEADQUARTERS “Give Betsy a brush of horse hair and wool,   Of paste and pomatum a pound, Ten&#...

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