CHRISTMAS AT EASTON
AFTER a night's rest in the Crown Inn the Commissioners arose betimes to pursue their journey to the village of Easton at the extreme eastern end of the long Pennsylvania frontier. "We are going to Minnisink on the Delaware," James Hamilton had written just before the departure from Philadelphia. Early in the morning the party crossed the river to Bethlehem to reach the Easton road which wound to the right along the northern bank of the Lehigh. Some months later a rope ferry was installed, but at the time of Franklin's visit the travelers were poled across the stream, a precarious transit which in time of high water might take an hour, although the distance was scarcely one hundred and fifty yards.
Once arrived in Bethlehem it might be expected that Franklin would at once confer with Bishop Spangenberg, the acting head of the Moravian community. However,