". . . we wandered about the town. It has 16,000 inhabitants, a magnificent harbour, newly fortified, tiny houses modeled one would say on the kitchen of Beaumont-la-Chartre, but so clean they resemble opera scenery. They are all painted. There is also a church whose bell tower is in a rather remarkable architectural style. I sketched it on Jules' album. We had been told that the women of Newport were noteworthy for their beauty; we found them extraordinarily ugly. This new race of people we saw bears no clear mark of its origin (n'a aucun caratere original); it's neither English, nor French, nor German; it's mixture of all the nations. This race is entirely commercial. In the small city of Newport there are 4 or 5 banks; the same is true in all the cities in the Union. . . ."
Beaumont (Pierson 54-55)