[dateline] Philadelphia March 30 1777 Sunday
I have been this Afternoon, to a Place of Worship, which I never attended before.
It is the Church of the Scotch Seceeders. They have a tolerable Building, but not
yet finished. The Congregation is not large, and the People are not very genteel.
The Clergyman, who officiates here, is a Mr. Marshall, a Native of Scotland, whose
Speech is yet thick and broad, altho he has officiated in this Place near Ten Years.1
By his Prayer and several Passages in his sermon, he appears to be a warm American
from whence I conclude, that the most of his Congregation are so too, because I generally
suppose that the Minister will in a short time bring his People to his Way of thinking,
or they will bring him, to theirs—or else there will be a Seperation.
The Grounds and Reasons, of the Secession of this Society from the other Presbyterian
Churches, I know not, but intend to enquire.
After service, the Minister read a long Paper, which he called an Act of the Presbytery
of Pensilvania, appointing a Fast, which is to be kept next Thursday. It is as orthodox
in Politicks, as it is pious, and zealous in point of Religion.2