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From the Vegetarian Messenger and Review (England), July 1898, p.304/5

By the Rev. James Clark

A few notes of my visit to America may be acceptable to your readers. I offer only those which have some bearing on Vegetarianism.

It was my good fortune , on arriving in Philadelphia, to be received, with my daughter into the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. Horrocks at Frankford, where I found the memory of a previous visit five years before, in company with my son, Ernest, Mr. & Mrs. Axon, Mr. Dixon, and Mr. Hanson, had been kept green and pleasant. Many homes were opened to me, and such overflowing goodwill as I never experienced before in the same space of time. My first ministration was in the Bible Christian Church. This visit was on May 7th, when I discoursed on the Bible and Vegetarianism. This was followed by several week-night meetings, held at Mr. Taylor's, Mr. Horrock's, and other houses, where questions were proposed by many persons, several of whom were connected with other churches, and answered to the best of my ability. Rev. H. S. Clubb helped both by questions and answers, nearly the whole discourse beng on the Vegetarian principle.

A meeting was held at Mr. Clubb's house, where I had the advantage of hearing and meeting members of the Philadelphia Vegetarian Society, including Dr. Lovell, Miss Oakey, and others. Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Silliman, from Vineland. Mrs. Silliman, formerly Miss English, will be remembered by some friends who met her at Washington.

The day before I left New York Mr. Scott, president of the New York Vegetarian Society, gave a dinner in the "Eyrie," a restaurant, on the twenty-third storey overlooking the city, at which thirty persons attended. Afterwards we adjourned to a hall in Fifth Avenue, where a meeting was held; addresses were delivered by the president, myself, Rev. H. S. Clubb (Philadelphia), and others. In the course of my address I mentioned a statement casually made to me by a non-Vegetarian, that "we used to hear more of this subject forty years ago," which brought from Mr. Clubb a warm and emphatic denial that the question ever was so much heard of at any previous time as at the present. Mr. Scott also spoke of his publication, The Vegetarian, by which the propaganda was carried on fom New York. He kindly presented me with a volume. In the company I found Mrs. Fred Douglass, widow of the great advocate of Emancipation, with whom some of our Manchester friends formed a personal acquaintance at Chicago five years ago.

About a dozen Philadelphia Vegetarians had come up to attend this meeting and to say farewell.

I also noted an old fellow-voyager of that time, Miss Wilson, of New York, and a good few new friends, most ardent and intellectual people. It was a night to be remembered!

Next day, when we embarked, all our Philadelphia friends were there, with Mr. and Mrs. Haviland, to whom we and the cause are under great obligations, Mr. Scott, and others of the New York Society. Cheering and waving of handkerchiefs were kept up as long as we were in sight, and after that we looked and looked still to the place where we could no longer distinguish their forms.