Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions

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CHAPTER XVII
Plattsburg, the Green Mountains, and the Connecticut Valley

Through Lake Ontario to Montreal, by railroad to Lake Champlain, and then by steamboat to Burlington.

Burlington is a pretty county town on the border of the Lake Champlain; there is a large establishment for the education of boys kept here by the bishop of Vermont,1 a clever man; it is said to be well conducted, and one of the best in the Union. The bishop's salary, as bishop, is only five hundred dollars; as a preacher of the established church he receives seven hundred; while as a schoolmaster his revenue becomes very handsome. The bishop is just now in bad odour with the majority, for having published some very sensible objections to the revivals and Temperance Societies.

PLATTSBURG.2 --This was the scene of an American

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1
John Henry Hopkins ( 1792- 1868) was the first Episcopalian Bishop of Vermont.
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The Battle of Plattsburg on Lake Champlain was another defeat for the British in the War of 1812. The battle took place on September 11, 1814. Captain George Downie, R.N., the British commander, was forced into action before he was ready, by order of General Sir George Prevost, the British commander- in-chief. The Americans under

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