over a level plain, frequently the battle-field of contending armies, and the scene of the alternate triumphs of the English
;’ skirting ‘Bloody Pond
, the place where the dead bodies of all who were slain in the battle between Dieskau
were buried,’ and lodging at ‘a country tavern, situated almost immediately upon one of the battle-fields, under a hill, which we were told was called French Hill
from the circumstance of the French
being posted there.’
The next morning (26th) they rose before four, and walked over ground they had in part traversed on their way up, going by Glen's Falls
to Sandy Hill
, where they attended the Presbyterian Church in the forenoon.
Resuming in the afternoon their journey, they pressed on to Schuylerville, fifteen miles distant, and ‘stopped under the very tree to which Miss McCrea
was tied when she was shot,’ and drank from the neighboring spring.
Thence they passed through the village of Fort Edward
, finishing the day's journey (Babcock
being lame) with a pleasant ride on a canal-boat.
The next morning (27th) they left Schuylerville, where they had lodged at a hotel opposite Fort Hardy.
went directly to Saratoga Springs
; but Sumner
, persevering in sightseeing, repaired alone to the scenes of Burgoyne
's retreat and surrender, and visited the fort, the battle-field, the house occupied by Burgoyne
as Headquarters, the room where Frazier
died, and the place where he was reputed to have been buried.
Thence, in the heat of the day, he walked to the Springs
, where, joining Babcock
, he took lodgings at Montgomery Hall, instead of Congress Hall, which was then chief among the hotels.
The next morning (28th), he subscribed for a day at the Reading Room
on the 29th, at four in the morning, they walked to Ballston
, where Babcock
took the stage for Schenectady
, on his way to Utica
, now left alone, still persevered, ‘arriving at the Erie Canal
, about two o'clock, just at the famous aqueduct over the Mohawk
;’ thence walking on the tow-path, passing Cohoes Falls, numerous locks, and the junction of the Erie
and Champlain Canals
, and reaching Troy
about six P. M., and (still following the canal) Albany
about sundown, —making thirty-seven miles on foot during the day. Lodging for the night at the Eagle Tavern
, the next morning (30th) he took a view quite early of the State House
, ‘a building far inferior to our Massachusetts
one, and in my opinion unworthy of so great a State as New York;’ observing also the great number