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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Travels in Some Parts of North America

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cleared. These cultivated farms add greatly to
the beauty and variety of the scenery. After
taking some refreshment at an inn in the village,
which is close by the lake, I again mounted my
horse, and, in the evening, came to an improving
town, and took up my quarters at Bostwick's


11th Month, 25th.

After passing by the Lake
Owasco, I arrived at Cayuga

, where I breakfasted
at a very good inn. Cayuga is situated at the
outlet of the lake of that name, where there is a
bridge over the lake 1700 yards in extent, which
I passed after paying 13 1/2d. toll. I was informed
that on the setting in of the frost, the preceding
winter, more than 1500 sledges, loaded with pro-
duce, passed this bridge in one day. This lake is
nearly 40 miles in length, and about 4 in breadth,
and opens an extensive communication with New-
York, by joining the Mohawk and North Rivers,
with the exception of a short portage or carrying-
place, where the vessels cannot pass.

In the evening I came to Geneva

, a handsome
town, situated on a high ground on the banks of
Lake Seneca. This lake also extends about 40
miles in length, and generally from 3 to 5 miles
in breadth; and is navigated by sloops. On in-
quiry I found that land sells here from 13s. 6d. to
27s. per acre, though of very good quality. There