"Arrival at Utica. Charming city of 10,000 souls. Very pretty shops, founded since the war of the revolution, in the middle of an attractive plain."
Tocqueville (Pierson, 191)
"Here I am now, penetrating into the west. You will probably find Utica on the map. . . . It's on the banks of the Mohawks [sic] that Cooper places The Last of the Mohicans.
Beaumont, letter to his family (Pierson 191)