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to Hartford, at the head of ship navigation on the Connecticut River, was brought in boats the produce of the country for two hundred miles above. Railroads were as yet undreamed of, and right through the book navigable streams and canals are treated as of far more importance than they would be at present.
Morse in his first edition devoted a paragraph to the " Connecticut Inhabitants/' Whether he abandoned it because it gave offence, I do not know. It says : —
The people of this ftate are generally induftrious fagacious hufbandmen ; generous and hofpitable to ftrangers, and good neighbours. But they are characterifed for being intem-perately fond of law fuits and little petty arbitrations. The ladies are modeft, handfome, and agreeable, fond of imitating new and extravagant fafhions, neat and chearful, and poffeffed of a large fhare of delicacy, tendernefs and fenfi-bility. The above character may with juftice be given to the ladies of the four New-England States.
Now we come to " The Second Grand Division of the United States." It comprised New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and " Territory N. W. of the Ohio." Special attention is paid to the climate of this tract, which the book says has
but one fteady trait, and that is, it is uniformly variable. The changes of weather are great, and frequently fudden. On the whole, it appears that the climate is a compound of moft of the climates of the world. It has the moifture of Ireland in fpring; the heat of Africa in fummer; the temperature of Italy in June ; the fky of Egypt in autumn ;