"We are arriving in Cincinnati after a journey that the snow and the cold have made pretty uncomfortable."
Tocqueville, letter to his father (Pierson 551)
"I don't believe there exists anywhere on earth a town which has had a growth so prodigious. Thirty years ago the banks of the Ohio were a wilderness. Now there are 30,000 inhabitants in Cincinati. During the last five years the population had doubled."
Beaumont (Pierson 552)
". . . a city which seems to want to rise too quickly for people to have any system or plan about it. Great buildings, thatched cottages, streets encumbered with debris, houses under construction, no names on the streets, no numbers on the houses, no outward luxury, but the image of industry and labour obvious at every step."
Tocqueville (Pierson 552)