"On leaving Lake Oneida we betook ourselves to Auburn prison. There's what I call a fall."
Tocqueville (Pierson 206)
"At Auburn here we are in a magnificent hotel placed in the middle of a small town of 2000 souls, all of whose houses have well furnished shops. Auburn is to-day the centre of an immense commerce. Twenty years ago they hunted deer and bear here at their ease. I begin to habituate myself to this so rapid vegetation of society. I already surprise myself finding this quite simple, and saying with the Americans that an establishment is very old when it counts thirty years of existence. . . ."
Tocqueville, letter to his mother (Pierson 214)