Skaneateles, 1804

“At five next morning we started (from the outlet of Owasco Lake); it had frozen, and the road was in many places deep and slippery. I insensibly got into a hard step of walking; Isaac kept groaning a rod or so behind, though I carried his gun… We set off again, and we stopped at the outlet of Skaneateles Lake, ate some pork-blubber and bread, and departed. At about two in the afternoon we passed Onondaga Hollow, and lodged in Manlius Square, a village of about thirty houses, that have risen like mushrooms in two or three years, having walked this day thirty-four miles.”

— Alexander Wilson in a letter to William Duncan, December 24, 1804, collected in The Poems and Literary Prose of Alexander Wilson, The American Ornithologist (1876), edited by the Rev. Alexander B. Grosart


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