New York State Library, NYSL_rachel_wilmer_diary
Diary written by a woman named Rachel Wilmer, who traveled the Erie Canal in 1834. Like many others, Rachel toured the Canal to see the marvelous sights, but sometimes danger lurked. Sometimes people caught diseases or had accidents while traveling and working on the Canal.
one Passenger was taken with the Cholera and left on the road I was taken very sick on the way but affraid thay would think it the Cho. - I did not complain but with the assistance of some opium I got better. 14 of Aug. we arrived at about 4 o'clock and I thank our heavenly father I am better 15 Our Old Friend D. called finding the Cholera bad at Buffalo he hurried on 17 of Au. Bid adieu to our Relatives at Batavia adn took stage for the City Rochester incompany with a Gentleman who was fine looking and extremely attentive offered Anna an Indian bag and intends on to New York. We arrived at Roches. before 6 went immediately on board boat and now on the canal moving slowly but delightfully on Retired and had a tolerably nights rest. Tuesday awoke lying at Palini Now about 12 at a town call Lion where we passed in the night before. In this boat the Ceres we often stop so I amuse myself fishing but oh! how heavily time goes in advancing towards home. Wednes. The Gentlemen amuse themselves going gunner here there is an advantage in this manner of travelling. We have much amusement with the maids They cordially hate each other. We are now at the salt works and have got a piece in the crude state. Now at Syracuse a large and thriving town stopped to wiegh the boat which was curious Edwin gone a shopping fruit.
1. What two dangerous things does Rachel mention in the passages of her diary quoted above?
2. Why did Rachel's boat have to wait outside Utica?
3. Why was Rachel's fellow passenger left on the road?