A Specimen of Beauty

“But as to whisky or tobacco-smoke, discard them altogether. Give me the pure air of good old Skaneateles, summer and winter. You can never improve it by modern perfumes. God made that beautiful place for a purpose, and gave it as a specimen of beauty and purity. Improve and use it, but do not abuse it — at your peril do not!”

— “Early Recollections of Skaneateles” by John R. Kellogg, October 23, 1867, quoted in Skaneateles, History of its Earliest Settlement and Reminiscences of Later Times, Disconnected Sketches of the Earliest Settlement of This Town and Village, Not Chronologically Arranged, Together with its Gradual and Progressive Advancement in Business Prosperity and Higher Education, with Notes of the Individuality of Prominent Citizens by Edmund Norman Leslie (1901)

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