Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the most regular planned towns I ever saw. Above seventy new houses were built in it last year, and it is likely to increase in inhabitants every day. It is rightly called Philadelphia, i.e. brotherly love, for by the charter all are permitted to worship God in their own way, without being branded as schismatics, dissenters or disturbers of the established constitution...Preached at six in the evening from the Court House stairs to about six thousand people...The Lord I am persuaded would have his gospel preached in the fields, and building a church would, I fear, imperceptibly lead the people into bigotry and make them place the church again, as they have done for a long time, in the church walls.