July 31. Tuesday. The people at Stuart's have migrated from Washington county, and are decent and well behaved. There is an abundance of bears in this country; one of our servants saw one near the house. We breakfasted here, and on our departure the landlord missed his razor strop, when it appeared that the commodore, after shaving himself, had put it up accidentally in his trunk. The commodore's mistake afforded considerable merriment, in which he heartily participated.
Lake Ontario (which was originally called by the English Cadarackin), must have been dammed up at its entrance, and on its bursting a pass, assisted probably by and earthquake, the terrible rupture must have created the Thousand Isles. The lake would then recede from its ancient boundaries.
- The Life and Writings of De Witt Clinton, by William W. Campbell