After a brief delay, in which I forgot to bring Mr. Flint’s letters with me to the office, let’s return today to some of the road- and travel-related details from James Flint’s lengthy journey through the eastern and western United States, which he undertook from 1818 to 1820. In this excerpt, he’s traveling from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.

September 28, 1818:

On the morning of the 20th of September, I went to the coach office in Philadelphia to take my seat. Such is the number of travelers that I found it necessary to take out a ticket two days previously.

The mail-coach is a large clumsy vehicle, carrying twelve passengers. It is greatly encumbered by large bags, which are enormously swollen by the bulk of newspapers. As a substitute for glass windows, a large roll of leather is let down on each side in bad weather.