A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America eBook

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Amount of lands sold up to the year 1824 44,229,837

173,176,606 acres unsold, estimated at one
dollar per acre.  The Congress price was
then two dollars, but was subsequently
reduced to a dollar and a quarter, and
is now 75 cents. 173,176,606

Deduct value of annuities, expenses of
surveying, &c. &c., being the amount of
purchase-money paid for same 4,243,632

Profit arising to the United States from
purchases of land from the Indians 213,162,811
Allowing 480 cents, to the pound sterling, the gross
          profit is L44,408,918. 19_s_. 2_d_.

[3] There are lands west of the Mississippi, which would be dear at ten cents per hundred acres.


From Little Sandusky, I passed through Marion, in Marion county.  This town, like most others in Ohio, is advancing rapidly, and has at present several good brick buildings.  The clap-boarded frame houses, which compose the great mass of habitations in the towns throughout the western country, in general have a neat appearance.  I here saw gazetted three divorces, all of which had been granted on the applications of the wives.  One, on the ground of the husband’s absenting himself for one year:  another, on account of a blow having been given:  and the third for general neglect.  There are few instances of a woman’s being refused a divorce in the western country, as dislike is very generally—­and very rationally—­supposed to constitute a sufficient reason for granting the ladies their freedom.

I crossed Delaware county into Franklin county, where Columbus, the capital of the state, is situated.  The roads from the lake to this city, with few exceptions, passed through woodlands, and the country is but thinly settled.  Beech, oak, elm, hickory, walnut, white-oak, ash, &c. compose the bulk of the forest trees; and in the bottom lands, enormous sycamores are to be seen stretching their white arms almost to the very clouds.  The land is of various denominations, but in general may be termed fertile.

Columbus, the capital of Ohio, is seated on the Scioto river, which is navigable for keel and flat boats, and small craft, almost to its source; and by means of a portage of about four miles, to Sandusky river, which flows into lake Erie, a convenient communication is established between the lakes, and the great western waters.  The town is well laid out.  The streets are wide; and the court-house, town-hall, and public offices, are built of brick.  There are some good taverns here, and the tables d’hotes are well and abundantly supplied.

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