|Dates of Creation||1854|
|Scope & Content||
Diary of Nathaniel Booth, 1
Wilbur (Kingston), New York,
Trip to Stony Brook,
August 13-16, 1854.
Started by R L Stevens2 with mother, wife, Elly, Mrs and Miss Kearny on a visit to Stony Brook Long Island where my old friend Michael Kearny is living--
At 4pm started from Brooklyn for Lakeland station which we reached through the barren wastes of `Middle Island' by 6--It is a `beautiful' country this same long island--would not accept 1000 acres of it as a gift the road from Lakeland to Stony Brook is a single track through the brush and deep sand-- a foot deep at least--Mr Kearny met us at the door--Stony Brook is a small place having a Piano forte manufactory only for its support except the small farms about--It is called `Stony Brook" I suppose from the fact of there being neither a stone or brook in the place- -Mount the Painter lives here whose humorous works have been so much admired- -
Visited the Piano factory of Mr Seabury and bought a very good instrument for Dora3--Called at Mounts Studio who very politely let us examine his works--he is an oddity--his face covered with hair dyed black--affected and like artists generally somewhat egotistical--He spends much of his time trying to improve? the violin--took a long ride with Mr Seabury
Left Stony Brook with Dora leaving mother, Elly and the others with Mr Kearny 9 1/2 am--the sandy road more sandy--reached Lakeland in due time that hot-bed of swindling--miles of these barren wastes were bought by a company--they built a house or two- -shipped by the sound boat--an immense quantity of manure and all kinds of fertilizer- -fenced in a few acres and on this imported patch of soil managed to raise some good corn--a few potatoes &c this was about the only expense- -then they named it Lakeland because
1.This two volume diary is preserved in the archives of the Senate House State Historic Site, Kingston, New York.
2.The R.L.Stevens was a Hudson River steamboat.
3.Dora (Dorcas) was Booth's wife.
it was all sand--had beautiful maps made of the ground--covering the maps with trees houses and vegetation--divided this desert into lots--obtained testimony utider oath of the condition of the patch of soil; not mentioning however that our foot deep of it was brought some 50 or 60 miles and then by advertizing through numberless papers sold lots by the hundred to men of small as well as large means--thus duping the multitude out of money in exchange for land absolutely not worth the having as a gift-3 1/2 pm in N York--passing through Brooklyn saw large quantities of `Wet Dry Goods" advertized--put up at the Manhattan where we fought moschitoes all night--after seeing the `Ono' at Niblo's