A Run Through the United States, During the Autumn of 1840
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ... make the experiment before long. Adieu! LETTER XIII. Albany--American attachment to Royal Names--Basin of the Erie Canal--Multitude of Steamboats--Travelling Companions--Troy--Mount Ida--Residence of an ex-blind Gentleman--His strange Estimate of Beauty--Advice to the Ladies--Deficiency of Classic Names--Politics--Origin of the Harrisonian Symbols--Ballston Springs--Saratoga--General Scott--General Macomb--Friends from Canada--Kind Reception from General Scott. Saratoga, Sept. 3, 1840. My DEAR S, Dating a letter from Saratoga naturally brings Robert Burns' lines to my memory--"Burgoyne gaed up, wae spur and whip, Till Fraser brave did fa', man; Then lost his way, ae misty day, In Saratoga shaw, man." This place calls forth somewhat melancholy associations. But of this anon; and 148 ALBANY. before I expatiate on Saratoga and its scenery, I must make you travel with me from Albany to Troy; convey you, on a covered bridge sixteen thousand feet long, across the Hudson; take you near the Cohoes falls on the Mohawk; carry you across three different branches of that river; place you on the Schenectedy and Saratoga railroad; shew you Ballston springs, and, finally, land you here; and if you keep a good look-out when about the village of Waterford in the upper line of the Hudson, you will see the place where poor Burgoyne surrendered. Albany contains, I believe, about 35,000 inhabitants. The census to be laid before Congress this year will be particularly interesting, as it will shew the surprising progress of population during the last ten years. This is one of the oldest settlements; it dates from about 1610, and is next in age to Jamestown in Virginia. In 1664 its fort PUBLIC BUILDINGS. 149 and garrison surrendered to Colonel Carteret, who...
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