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Dinsdale, Matthew / Papers, 1836-1897
Call Number, WisMSS DL, folder 1 ([unpublished])

English Prairie 10th Oct 1844 [Transcription],   pp. [1]-12 PDF (12.1 MB)


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prevented him. He is a bricklayer etc and employs several hands. At his house
I saw a young man from Thoralby of the name of Heseltine, a Nephew of Mr
Heseltine's of Askrigg, and another of the name of Wray from  [Mss. illegible
 ]        New York is a large and flourish-ing City. Its site is very level,
there being but little rising ground in it, most of the streets are an immense
length running East and West and North and South for miles; in many of them
rows of trees have been planted which shade the foot path in hot weather
and in general have an agreeable effect. Mostof the houses are built of brick.
Immense quantities of goods are exposed for sale, also ready made clothes,
and shoes etc. Indeed almost everything that a person can want either for
comfort or ornament is there to be met with. And this remark applies to all
the American Cities I have yet seen. Tho' there is no uniform price for Articles
they may be bought at the same rate or nearly so through the whole rout I
have come, with the addition of carriage. Most goods are dearer here than
in England and some cheaper. But I must give you a chapter on the subject
at some other time. I left N Y on Monday even-ing the 23rd of September to
go up the Hudson. It was quite dusk when we started, just about Sunset but
the night was fine, clear and moon-light but cold. The scenery on the banks
of the River in many places is quite of a romantick kind being rocky, steep,
and covered with timber. The stream is broad and deep, and gives you a good
idea of an American River. We  reached Albany a distance of 145 miles about
noon on the following day. The boat is not one of the fastest that ply between
the two places or we should have been in by break of day. On arriving, I
went to look out for a boat proceeding up the Erie Canal I soon found one
and took a passage. In the Evening we started. The next morning I found myself
in the beautiful valley of the Mohawk, and very near the River. The canal
ascends this vale for a distance of more than one

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