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John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls

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Cleveland 25. Septbre 1858
Sunday A.M.
Dear Father,
Leaving Elmira at 4:45 on Saturday morning, I reached Buffalo just in season to see the morning train for Cleveland leaving the depot. I was not particularly sorry as it gave me the opportunity, long coveted, to visit Niagara Falls. Having only an hour and a half to stop, I was obliged to hurry over the ground, but received an impression which can never be Effaced. – At 10 P.M. took the Lightning Express for Cleveland which place we reached at 6 ½ this morning.
The cars in the train were very luxurious, and I slept all night with scarcely an interruption. The seats accommodate themselves to any position of the person like an invalids chair, and one car contains berths like a steamer’s cabin.
The sun was just rising as we Emerged from a dense, dark forest upon the shores

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of Lake Erie, upon whose southern declivity the city is situated. Far as the Eye could reach, the green tinted waters were fleecy with morning mist, while the sails of silent ships, steamers with long trains of sombre smoke and the folded clouds that slept upon the horizons verge, were rich with rose and purple and gold. It was a scene of Enchantment and gave me a new idea of those great inland seas which are the glory and pride of our country.
- An old woman in the train had her pocket picked sometime during the night and made great lamentation about it. Something of the kind occurs nightly I am informed. To-morrow at 6.45 A.M. I leave for Cincinnati, and hope to reach St. Louis Tuesday forenoon & Sumner by Thursday next.
With regards to all the family
Truly Your Son

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