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Letter, Mark Blanchard, Centerville, New York, to Judith Blanchard, Peacham, Vermont
Mark describes his ten-day journey home to Centerville from Vermont, including a passage on the Erie Canal: . . . Monday morning at ten oclock I got to the western canal fifty miles below Utica waited about two hours for a boat had a very agreeable passage to Rochester where I arrived saturday morning I lived as well as I could wish aboard the boat for one shilling a meal and one cent a mile for passage the boat was loaded very heavy had a great many stops to make which is the reason of my being so long on the canal . . . ."