The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 25 Nov. 1836, page 2

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Correspondence of the Albany Daily Advertiser.

BUFFALO, November, 1836.

On our arrival at this place, we domiciled at the American Hotel. This large and commodious building is one of the curiosities of the West. It is splendidly furnished, and every thing about it is in the best style. I am now resting myself in an elegant private parlor, the floor of which is covered with a Wilton carpet. The mirror over the fireplace is six feet long and three feet wide.

A marble centre-table, a beautiful lamp, mahogany chairs, and all the conveniences of a fashionable private dwelling, are before me. Across the hall, I have a bed-room equally well carpeted and furnished. Our table is served in white china; our food is prepared by a cook of celebrity, and the wines are of the first quality, and selected without regard to cost. The dining room is a large and beautifully furnished apartment, and is warmed, as are all the private parlors, by Ohio bituminous coal, burned in the modern Berlin grates.

Such accommodations are not to be surpassed, even by the Astor House, and the consequence is, that a great many persons are attracted by them, and remain here for weeks at a time. Several families who are in the habit of travelling during the summer, [pro]pose passing the most of their time at the American, during the next season.

The business of Buffalo continues with unabated vigor. The wharves and warehouses are still groaning with freight, for the West. Some idea of its extent may be formed, when I assure you that fourteen new steamboats will be ready to commence business in the spring. Some of the owners of those now runing [sic], are known to have cleared upwards of $70,000 with a single boat, during the present year!

Real estate is at a stand at present, though there is no falling off in prices. Several, or rather many edifices have been erected in the out-skirts of the town, within a short time past, and at the distance of two, and two and a half miles from the river! Indeed in every direction, the eye rests on the elegant villas of persons who have made rapid fortunes by trade, or by buying real estate. The present demand for money, has already attracted foreign capital for investment here, and the most tempting and certain results are yet within the reach of the enterprising speculating. If I had money to spare, I should not hesitate to invest it here.

I heard a gentleman who resides at Oswego, say but a few days since, that goods which had been shipped to that place for the far West, via the Welland canal, had actually been reshipped again to Buffalo! and that Oswego vessels had found it for their interest to remain on Lake Erie, and reap some of the benefits of its enormous business. I do not say this to the disparagement of Oswego, of which place I am an admirer, but as a proof of the natural advantages of Buffalo, and the unrivalled character of its positions.

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 25 Nov. 1836, page 2