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From Alexis de Tocqueville's Journey to America, 1831

"So here we are in New-York. To a Frenchman the aspect of the city is bizarre and not very agreeable. One sees neither dome, nor bell tower, nor great edifice, with the result that one has the constant impression of being in a suburb."

"Cincinnati presents an odd spectacle. A town which seems to want to get built too quickly to have things done in order."

"Saginaw. An area of cultivation in the midst of savage tribes and impenetrable forest."

"We have made to Baltimore, capital of Maryland, a little excursion that I shall have to tell you about...The women of this city have a great reputation, and truly they deserve it. I saw a quantity of very pretty ones. They dress well, are very attractive, and excessively coquettish, though I am persuaded that this coquetry is not very dangerous for them and that it's a path in which they well know how to stop."

"After Nashville, not a town on the way. Nothing but a few villages, scattered here and there, all the way to Memphis."


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