Document Type




Download Full Text (821 KB)




bundling, Blue Mountain, Easton, German language, courtship customs, tavern


A handwritten set of notes transcribed by Alfred L. Shoemaker, dating from circa 1950. Within, a story originally dated October 10, 1820, details a traveler's experience with his room companions at a tavern near the Blue Mountains.

Corresponds to:

Packet 706-19


NY Pub Lib see 706-18

Sept 29-Oct 14, 1820

Between Blue Mt. and Easton

Oct. 10 … cross the Blue Mountain, stopped at Kinds Tavern, no one about the house could understand English, was detained all day by the indisposition of our horse. Had a bad nights rest in consequence of my bed room companions, who appeared to spend the night in raptures of bliss. Nothing was to be heard during the night but a continued whispering "in the German language" and occasionally a smacking of the lips which I supposed to be kissing, as I observed the happy pair to be our landlords rosy cheeked daughter and her sweet-heart who I supposed had got tired of speaking and had come to bed to enjoy the few hours quiet sleep which nature requires; but the bliss they derived from each others lips was to them far preferable to my opinion to all the happiness natures bounty could bestow; their conversation which was incomprehensible to me was as one would naturally suppose uninteresting; as for the kissing which our young hero participated so fully of, it put one in mind of the stork in the fable, who was helping himself so sumptuously of the sweetmeats, while poor Richard was very deliberately licking the outside of the jar, without even hopes of a taste of that which his ravenous appetite excited him so much to long for.

Dec 31, 1762 sundries for James Noble quilting a bed quilt …12...

Feb 19, 1748 a slate pencil 1.

May 6, 1748 a slate 2_3.

Spangenburg, Brookden + Horofield guardians of children of Thomas Noble



Rights Statement

This item is available courtesy of the Ursinus College Library Special Collections Department. It is not to be copied or distributed for commercial use. For permissions which fall outside of educational use, please contact the Special Collections Department.

Notes From the New York Public Library, 1748-1820



Rights Statement

Rights Statement

In Copyright. URI:
This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).


To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.