Albany. Congress Hall
Friday 19. teenth. August. 1842.
Extremely hot, not a breath of air stirring. We set off after breakfast to see some of the curiosities of Albany, the heat was intense. I left off flannel, and put on Silk stockings to mitigate my sufferings. We visited the state house, and courthouse, both fine buildings. I introduced myself to Mr Willard, in the “Treasury Office” he was very kind to us. Cornelia Platt, came in to see me, a beautfull woman, Ammel Willard also, a tall, agreable young man. Mr Willard introduced us to two gentlemen Mr King, the name of one. They escorted us to the top of the building, which gave us a fine view of the adjacent country, and villages. The fierce rays of the sun soon sent us down from our airy pinnacle, and we descended in extacys, not with pleasure, but the cramp in our legs. We returned home, took port. wine, and went to lie down. Garret, went to the hall of legislature to hear the speaking. At two we partook of a cold poor dinner, partly occasioned by our own delay. Dr. [Irekson] chatted a few moments with us, then handed me to our carriage, and in all bid adieu to Albany, not with the slightest emotion of regret. We crossed the river and sat three quarters of an hour in the cars waiting for dilatory passengers. The heat was terrible, and I felt sick and faint for ten minutes, until we set off, the breeze revived me. Mr Brown, was very agreeable, and related droll stories stories to amuse us on the way, he put my spellingpowers to the test, but I did not disgrace my primitive studies. Mrs B.s delicate health destroys her pleasure in travelling. We left the car at six oclock, and took the stage; at eight we arrived at “Lebanon Springs.” The first impression was delightfull, as aas the lights, Music, and quiet loneliness of the spot charmed
each one of us; and Mr B. took great credit to himself for haveing persuaded us to come here, in preference to noisy Saratoga, or over, flowing Sharon. We had a very nice supper, and with a little brush ing up, presented ourselves in the parlours. The young folks were dancing, and the old ones looking on. About fifty were present, altho the house contained in all one hundred. Our bedrooms were sweet, and clean, and we rested well in our new quarters.