From the American Scene: Boston's Jewish Community: Earlier Days
VISITORS did not think well of the early Bostonians. One of them in 1699 described the place as follows: “The buildings, like their women . . . neat and handsome. And their streets, like the hearts of the male inhabitants, being paved with pebble.” Another visitor, described as “an unpleasant Englishman” by a historian of Boston, said of them, “Money [was] Their God, and Large Possessions the only Heaven they covet.” John Adams was later to cry out: ‘”The morals of our people are much better; their manners are more polite and agreeable; they are purer English; our language is better; our taste is better; our persons are handsomer; our spirit is greater; our laws are wiser; our religion is superior; our education is better.” This statement, it may be assumed, would persuade few outside of New England.
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