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"From a fledgling agrarian kingdom clinging to the Atlantic seaboard in 1800, the USA through 1900 used to be the world's best commercial country, generating a 3rd of the world's commercial output. via approximately two hundred photos and drawings, the US remodeled: Engineering and expertise within the 19th Century highlights not just the most obvious icons of feat corresponding to the Brooklyn Bridge and Erie Canal but Read more...

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From a fledgling agrarian country clinging to the Atlantic seaboard in 1800, the USA via the 1900s was once the world's major commercial country, production a 3rd of the world's industrial Read more...

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The descriptions he gives of the country are wonderfully true to nature and of the rosiest character. He would have made an excellent land promoter at the present day. Of course everything was new to him, forests entirely different from those of Germany. Skies brighter—air bracing, meadows finer—the lay of the land more inviting—he was young and enthusiastic and anxious to go at farming. Some land was also bought for his oldest brother Christel who was to come over—he even tried his best to induce his parents to come.

In contrast to the “agreeable task” of conveying information excerpted from his father’s letters, there are several indicators of the turmoil he must have experienced as he broached some of the more bothersome aspects of the tale. He started off with a 10-year error by asserting that John had relocated away from Saxonburg “thirty six years ago,” where he meant to say 46. The duplication of the page number at [43] is perhaps another indicator. He also allowed himself to get ahead of his story at several places, beginning at [52], where he ventured into a somewhat garbled critique of various personalities and engineering decisions connected to selection of a route for the privately owned Pennsylvania Railroad.

Poor old Baer wore only pantoufles38}—Flannel shirts and over alls—big ones—blue & striped—you stuff them into your breeches and hang them up at night—clothing is very dear here, no one wears caps, a cap is the sign of a dutchman—straw or felt hats are the fashion. All your clothing you you must put on at least once then you pay no duty—then follow instructions how to pack for the custom house inspector—in N. York they are much stricter39 than in Phil. There is no end to the things he is to bring, woolen coverlids— meal sacks, featherbeds, every kind of garden and field seed.

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