James Mease journal  1835; 1841
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Trip through Pennsylvania and New York,  August 1835-September 1835 [series]:
 
Leaves Philadelphia for Bristol.
 
Recalls how mineral water cured his yellow fever, 1793. Visits cemetery to see graves of Revolutionary War figures and actor John Henry (1746-1794).
 
To Newtown; description of hotel.
 
Taylorsville school levy fails: opposers were illiterates with several children.
 
His 63rd birthday. Reads memoir of Simon Bolivar.
 
View from seat beside stagecoach driver.
 
Description of road from Point Pleasant to White's Hotel at Easton; description of hotel.
 
Easton's vote on recent tax levy: who supported and who did not. Germans in particular were opposed to tax.
 
Founding of South Easton, Easton's countersettlement. Corrects a county map based on Scull's pre-war map.
 
Tavern at Allentown.
 
Discussion with coin collector; biographical sketch of this man, James Hall (b. 1773); description of his collection. Mease promises Hall a book on American coins, colonial and national.
 
Description of Allentown.
 
Coal mine at Beaver Dam. Climate of area.
 
Meets C. Brobst, age 72, who managed to get state of Pennsylvania to splurge $5,000 on a bridge over the Susquehanna River near Danville.
 
Description of Bloomsburg.
 
Discovery of a cemetery where eighty-one patriot soldiers were buried in a mass grave after Tory-Indian raid on Wyoming Valley, 1778. Zebulon Butler (1731-1795) led American troops.
 
Meets Joseph Lewis, son of William Lewis (1759-1819)?--good commentary about young man's life.
 
Biographical sketch of John Read, once "banker of the King of Wurtemburg." Discusses America as a haven for the have-nots of other countries.
 
Silver Lake: description of Dr. Robert H. Rose's house, family, library, and sheep business (Rose established an experimental community for Free Blacks at Silver in 1833).
 
Carbondale: bank defrauded its depositors in 1827-28.
 
Scotch settlers better than the "vagabond English." Long description of ride on railroad's inclined plane.
 
Lock House on Delaware & Hudson Canal, operated by 13-year-old girl.
 
Walenpaupack (?) Falls.
 
He crosses into New York.
 
Description of a scow, with sketch, on Delaware River at Port Jervis.
 
Milford: disgusting courthouse and jail.
 
Stony soil of Sullivan County.
 
Silver and lead mine at Ellanville.
 
Discussion with hotel keeper about flowers, esp. clematis.
 
Is served cheese and brandy for breakfast.
 
Eddyville: hears sermon in Presbyterian Church.
 
Kingston Landing, N.Y.
 
Sails in boat to New York City. Trinity Church. Description of privet hedges at Trinity Church; discussion of privets.
 
New York City paving street by City Hall with wooden blocks.
 
Description of "Mr. Astor's immense granite hotel."
 
"Mud machine" excavates for dock. Visit to Rapalje book and paper press.
 
Visits Peale's Museum; sees orangutan, anaconda, and a magician.
 
Falls ill and is tended by a "free negro."