Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER II.
TRAVELING IN "YE OLDEN TIME."

TRAVEL BY STAGE AND STEAMBOAT--BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE--THE OLD TOWN OF PROVIDENCE--THE LONG ISLAND SOUND STEAMERS --NEW YORK CITY--NEW YORK TO PHILADELPHIA--PHILADELPHIA TO WASHINGTON--WASHINGTON HOTEL LIFE--EXPENSES OF LIV- ING--THE METROPOLIS OF THE UNION--THE NATIONAL CAPITAL--WORKS OF ART--THE ROTUNDA--FREE-MASONRY--THE MORGAN EXCITEMENT--THEATRICAL--DIVISION OF THE FRIENDS' SOCIETY.

THE old stage route between Boston and New York, before John Quincy Adams was President, passed through Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, and Norwalk. Passengers paid ten dollars for a seat and were fifty-six hours or more on the road. This gave way about 1825 to the steamboat line via Providence, which for five dollars carried passengers from Boston to New York in twenty-four hours.

Stage books for the Providence line were kept in Boston at offices in different parts of the city, where those wishing to go the next day registered their names. These names were collected and brought to the central stage office in the Marlboro Hotel at ten o'clock each night, where they were arranged into stage-loads, each made up from those residing in the same part of the city. At four o'clock in the morning a man started from the stage office in a chaise to go about and wake up the passengers, that the stage need not be kept

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