...The growth, prospects and peculiar advantage of our infant, rising City, no less than the approval of community, encourage us on. Who, that knew Buffalo the rude hamlet it so recently was--its scattered habitations, its solitary streets, it almost stagnant stream, too shallow for commerce, with shores fringed with rank grass and intertangled wild-wood; that subsequently saw its gradual approach to the character of a sea-port--the stream deepened to a harbour, and its surface broken by the rush of one solitary Steam-Boat, departing and returning at long but uncertain intervals, or the dwarf schooner, creeping warily in, in search of that employment it could scarcely hope to find:--who, we say, that has witnessed all this--and recollects how recently this picture was true to life--can compare it with the present, and then presume to foretel [sic] the future destiny of our city of the west? Contrasted with these small beginnings, we have now a population of more than thirteen thousand souls; a spacious harbour, communicating with fifteen hundred miles of western navigable waters, upon which already ply near forty Steam-Boats, and one hundred schooners; our filled ware-houses, thronged docks, crowded harbour; the bustle of constant arrivals and departures--all, all form a scene upon which "the full eye of the enthusiast may revel," without ever, in his day-dreams, venturing to that point of greatness Buffalo is one day destined to reach.
The shores of our western waters are yet covered with giant forests, broken only here and there by the insulated efforts of some solitary settler.--Emigrants, by thousands, are rushing to people this wilderness; and not a tree is felled, or a habitation reared in all that extended realm, but will result in adding to the value of our property, and the employment of our inhabitants. Thus blessed and thus protected, our people know not the littleness that wrangles with rival sites for wealth or greatness. Secure in all we ought to ask, we rejoice at the enterprise and the success of those who labour to create new channels of wealth, and to rear additional cities and towns. Let art combine its efforts with nature, and much may be accomplished. Our city is new; the surrounding country, the great west, is new--vast are the advantages yet unimproved, and the openings for skill and talent to command respect, and confer lasting blessings upon our race. In such a field we hope to render our labours both acceptable and useful.