Friday, 2 May 1828

On the Susquehannah

Now again we have unloosed our fastenings and are on the move in slow but steady motion downward. In five miles of our last stop is situated a fine looking little village on the East side of the River, probably however its beauty may be overrated as it presented itself to our view under favorable circumstances just as the sun rose above the horizon, in a fine clear morning and some two or three small islands partially ovscured our view. The hills on the right still maintain a good degree of altitude, at least sufficient to be salubrious. A small stream empties in at this place down which a canal is completed from Yorktown on the Delaware, from thence to this place, and from here up the River merchandise for the far west is sometimes taken. We have met several of these flat boats loaded, moving slowly and laboriously up against the current. It requires several hands to propel them. From the present prospects of internal improvement by means of canals in this State, transportation from the Seaboard will in a few years be convenient to every part of this Commonwealth; and if accomplished by the State will in the lapse of time produce a revenue of importance in which all the inhabitants will participate. Stayed all night one mile above McGee's Falls at one Miller's rains-house much crowded - German proprietors; of course, we had Dutch talk in fine style.