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Wednesday August 2d 1843. Left Philadelphia for New York, at 10 1/2 A.M. Crossing the Delaware in a steam ferry-boat we found ourselves at the railway station, at Camden-town, in a few minutes, the whole of the passengers and baggage being stowed away in the cars with some little difficulty – the bell sounded and off we started – an American railway train is, to a novice in Transatlantic Locomotion, a very strange looking affair – but a slight sketch will give a better idea of its appearance than the most labored description.


Illustrated diary of Mary Ann and Septimus Palairet, 1843. Gift of Arnold Whitridge, 1962.