"'--You want to go to Saginaw! cried he, to Saginaw Bay! Two reasonable men, two well educated foreigners want to go to Saginaw Bay! The thing is hardly credible.--And why not? answered we.--But do you realize, retorted our host, what you are undertaking? Do you know that Saginaw is the last inhabited place till the Pacific Ocean; that from here to Saginaw hardly anything but wilderness and pathless solitudes are to be found? Have you thought that the woods are full of Indians and mosquitoes; that you will have to sleep at least one night in the dampness of their shade? Have you thought of the fever? Would you know how to get yourself out of difficulties in the wilderness, and find your way in the labyrinth of our forests?
After this tirade, he paused the better to judge the impression he had made. We replied:--all that may be very true, but we shall leave to-morrow morning for Saginaw Bay."
Tocqueville, conversation with Amasa Bagley