Abraham Lott's Journal - 1774*

Memorandums, relating to my voyage [to] Albany

1774 June 22nd Left my House at 3 o'Clock and went on board of Capt. Joachim Staats [sloop] in Company with Wm McDougall Esq. of St. Croix, Commodore Grant and Capt. Thomas White.

Sailed from the Kings wharf at the North River at a Quarter before four o'Clock P. M. with the flood and a Southerly Wind—Supped about Sundown opposite to Tappan, and the Wind failing & the Tide coming Against us came to an anchor at Verdrietiije Hook: * [Verdrietafic's Hook: The bold headland, on the West bank of the Hudson, two or three miles North of Nyack. and known among the old people, in that vicinity, as The Hook Mountain. It is a spur of the Ramapo Range which extends along the Northwestern border of Rocklaud-couuty; and has always been a notable landmark among the skippers on the North-river.] where we went To Sleep.

Thursday June 23rd This morning the Wind being against us could not make Sail till 8 O'Clock, when we weighed Anchor and proceeded on our Voyage

Mr M'Dougall came on board much afflicted with the Gout, but as he got a Comfortable Sleep yesterday and also Slept very well in the Night lie found himself much better

At 12 o'clock we got at the entrance of the Highlands, it being then high water; but luckily a fresh Southerly Wind took us, carried us against Tide to opposite the old Landing at Poughkeepsie, where we sent on Shore at about 6 o'Clock P. M. and got some Milk of Mr. Paul Sehenk, after which, drank Tea, and continued under Sail from thence, with the flood in our favor, and at about 1 o' Clock in the Morning came to an Anchor opposite the Manor of Livingston [Manor of Livingston — Clermont. Columbia-county, where the seat of that ancient Manor is. The "Colonel Livingston." referred to was probably, Colonel Henry B. Livingston, subsequently of the Army of the Revolution, a brother of the Chancellor.]

We had a good deal of Rain from 4, o'Clock in the Afternoon till 4 o'Clock the next morning

Mr. McDougall was much worse this Day & the following Night, owing to the Southerly wind & Rain: he had an exceeding painful Night of it, with the Gout in both feet & Right hand; however he found himself easier in the Morning

Friday June 24th The wind being at N. W. & the Tide against us could not proceed till the Flood made ___

In the Interim Commodore Grant went on Shore at Col. Livingston's at abt. 7 o'Clock in the Morning, and returned shortly niter with the Colonels compliments to the Passengers, requesting their company at Breakfast: The company returned their thanks, being all Invalids, & therefore could not accept of his kind invitation — The Commodore however went & took Breakfast with Mr. Livingston

Here we overtook Capt. Groesbeeck who left New York Ten Hours before us with Several Gentlemen of the Law, on board, in order to Attend the Supreme Court at Albany, which is to begin, there on Tuesday the 28th Instant

About 0 O'Clock, Commodore Grant returned on board with a fat Sheep, being a present from Col" Livingston to some poor people lately Arrived from Scotland, with intent to Settle Some part of this Country which was a Seasonable relief to them

About 10 'Clock weighed Anchor & beat it up against Tide to a little about Kinderhook Creek, where the Tide came against us & obliged us to come too.

Here the Captain of the sloop went on Shore at the House of Johs Staats within the bounds of Kinderhook, and brought on Board some Bread, Eggs & Milk

About 2 O'Clock in the Morning we got under Sail Again, and at o'Clock on SaturDay Morning

June The 25th came to an Anchor at Coejemans, [a well-known landing in Albany-county, on the West side of the Hudson] opposite to the House where Mr. Anthony Ten Eyck now lives — Mr. Ten Eyck being informed who was on board of the Sloop by my Boy Pompey, sent his Compliments and desired the Company to Breakfast with him; Commodore Grant, Capt. White, and myself went on Shore & Breakfasted with Mr. Ten Eyck, Mrs. Ten Eyck the family, who were all very well except Mr. Ten Eyck, who laboured under a severe fit of the Piles, and appeared to be otherwise much indisposed.

We were made very Welcome here and were supplied with Salad & Parsley, and Milk, and indeed we were offered everything we might stand in Need of, to Eat on board.

At About 1 o'Clock P.M. we weighed Anchor, and with a very light Southerly wind got up to the Hooge Bergh, at about 8 o'Clock;

Commodore Grant & self went on Shore here, at the House of Joachim Staats, we found the family Well & were kindly received by them & were pressed to take a Bed

At Nine we returned on board, when the Commodore & Capt. White resumed the Game of Piquet (at which they had been engaged in the afternoon) and by Ten o'Clock, left off, when Mr. White was 12 Games ahead

We then went to Bed, and at about o'Clock, on

Sunday Morning, June 26th weighed Anchor, and there being no Wind & but a very Scanty flood were under a Necessity of make use of Oars to get forward.

Mr. McDougall, was very Poorly all yesterday & the Night before, both with the Gout & a Smart Hot Fevir; But on this Morning found himself much easier having had a comfortable Sleep all Night

About 8, o'Clock A.M, there being no Wind, and the Ebb coming against us, were obliged to come too Again, about 2 miles above the Hooge Bergh -- Here we Eat Breakfast, after which Commodore Grant & Self (about 9 A.M.) set off in the Canoe of the Sloop, and paid a Visit to the Widow Schuyler, living about 4 Miles below Albany, who appeared to be very glad to see us; the House is New & not quite finished, owing to the untimely Death of Capt. Cortlundt, but the Situation is very pleasant on the Bank of the River — At about half past ten o'Clock, left Mrs. Schuyler and proceeded Up the River till we came to the House of Mr. Henry Cuyler, Situated on the East Bank of the River, about a Mile & an half from the City of Albany — Here we went on Shore, and found Mr. Cuyler and his Lady both at home, who insisted on our Dining with them, which we accordingly did, and remained with them till 5 O'Clock'P.M. — when he sent us with his Chair to the Ferry, in our way to which called at Col". Rensselaer's at Green Bush, but did not find them at home

We then Crossed over the River, and got into Albany, where I was immediately met by a Number of my old acquaintances and bid welcome

I first went to the House of Richard Cartwright Inholder, and then Engaged Lodgings for myself, at the House of a Mr. Hilton, and for Mr White & Mr M'Dougall I took Lodgings at the House of Mr. Bloodgood, opposite to Mr. Cartwrights — After which several of my friends called upon me, and at 10 'clock went to Bed at my Lodgings

Monday, June 27th having been a good Deal fatigued Yesterday, did not rise till 8 O'Clock A. M. — went immediately to Mr. Cartwrights, wrote a Letter to Mrs. Lott by Capt. Santvoort, gave her [9] An ace' of my Arrival, &c*—while I was writing, I was told the Sloop was Arrived with Mr. White & Mr. M'Dongall, upon w" Sent my Compliments to Col. Schuyler, requesting the Loan of his Chariot to bring up M'Dongul from the Sloop to his Lodgings; wcl' he Accordingly Sent down & brought that Gentleman to his Lodgings where he got at about half past 9 A. M. & much better than when I left him, his fever & Gout, being in a great measure gone off

Not being able to get my Shoes on, I bespoke a Pair to be covered with black Cloth — my Gout still easy— 10 h. A. M. bespoke a Dinner at Mr. Cartwrights for our Company & asked Col. Schuyler to Dine with us— 2 h. P. M. Dined at Cartwrights in comp* with, Ph. Livingston, Mr Kissam, Cap' White and Commodore Grant— 8 h. P. M. rec* an Invitation to Dine -w"1 Col". Schuyler, but being pre-engaged could not— 9 h. P. M—Left Mr M'ODougalls Lodgings he being much better of the Gout & fever.

Tuesday, June 28th Rose at 6 o'Clock this morning—between 7 fe 8, went over to my Companions, found Mr White very well, and Mr. McDougall, surprisingly altered for the better, being totally clear of the fever, and very little Gouty Pains— Breakfasted with these Gentlemen— —8 h. A. M. Recd a Letter by Mr. Kearney from Col. Jas. Robertson of New York inclosing an ace' of his demands against Th Wooldredge Esqr desiring a Settlement thereof — The Letter is dated New York, June 22'1 1774—immediately upon which received an answer

Dined this Day with Dr. Van Dyke in Company with Dr. Rodgers* & Lady Dr. Westerlo ;f Col" Livingston & E. Boudinot Esqr. of Elizsbethtown & Lady — Here I also drank tea

Spent the Evening with Mess" White and M°Dougall—the Latter much recovered—at 10 o'Clock left them & went to Bed

Wednesday, June 29th This morning had three people with me to buy Lands in Clifton Park — agreed with Nicholas Johnson of Beekman Precinct in Dutchess County for Lot N°. 3 in Lot N". 32 in the 3'1 Allotment of the Patent — containing 424 acres on the following terms, viz': He is to give 24/ pr Acre, one half in to be paid To morrow, for which He is to give his Bond with Sufficient Security payable the 1st day of May next with Lawfull Interest till paid — For the other Bond he is also to give Bond with like Security payable the 1st July, 177., without Interest — He is to Send the Bonds to Mr. Tho' Hun of Albany to whom I am to Deliver the Deeds to be Exchanged for the said Bonds.

Abraham Buys wanted to buy Lot N". 1, in lot N°. 24, in the 4lh allotment of the said Patent g' 145 Acres—I offered the Same to him at 18/ pr Acre, payable on the above conditions—He is gone to view the Lands, as also two other Lots and is to give an answer in a Day or two.

One Mr. Peters from Philipsburgh also wants a Lot of Land in the above Patent but has not fixed on a particular Lot.

9 h. A. M. Breakfasted with M'. G. Beekman, who made me promise to Breakfast with him every Day

Called upon my fellow Travellers & found Mr. Ml'Dougall much better; he & Cap' White had an Airing in Col" Livingstons Chariot, W" tho' Short, proved of use.

Dined with my companions at their Lodgings, in comp" with Rich'1 Morris Esqr—

6 h. P. M went to the Dutch Church to hear Dr Rodgers [Probably John Rogers. D.D., Pastor of the Presbyterian-church In Wall-street, New York city, as there appears to have been no Minister of that name in the Reformed Dutch Church at that time. He died in 1811] Preach in English—His Text was Hebrews 12"' 2'1 verse, first part.— Supped with Mr. Beckman; after which called upon my Companions, and at 10 o'Clock went to Bed.—

Thursday June 30th Slept very well last night —got up at 5 o'Clock; made out Mr McDougall's money ace'—and at 6 O'Clock called upon him & paid him the Ballance—at Seven Breakfasted with my Companions & at about a Quart' before Eight O'Clock they left their Lodgings & Set off for the Bathf, having hired two Waggons to carry themselves & Baggage

Mr Cartwright brought in his Acct. amounting to £3. 3. 0—my J of wh is 21/—with wch I desired him to Charge me—

At 9 h. A. M. Mr James Dole called upon me, and paid the Duty on 47 hhds Rum imported in the Sloop Middlesex Rob' Castle from Antigua, and guaged 5198 out 205 205

4993) 500 ( 4493 Gals Net a for payment of W* the said Castle gave his* t Dr. Wattrlo.—Eilardus WeBterlo, D.D., was educated at Groningen. and served the Church, in Albany, from 1760 until 1790, when he died.—Corwtn'h Manual of the Reformed Dutch Church, 16. } E. Boudinot, Esq., of Eliza. Town.—President of the Continental Congress and a member of the House of Repre- j sentatives after the Constitution wax established. He was the first President of the American Bible Society; and died In 1821. 8 Clifton Park,—then, probably, a portion of the Dirtric*' of Half-moon, in Saratoga-county. The Patent of "Clifton Park " or " Shannoudhoi," in which these lands were situated, W[B originally granted to Messrs. Fort, Ryckse. Quackenbos, and Bratt, on the twenty-third of September, 1708; but, from this entry, it appears that Mr. Lott was. subsequently, also a Proprietor.—HooeH's o/tfcw York, 687. * Miaspaged, there being two of this number,' t Probably the Lebanon Springs, aw we shall see, hereafter. « Previous

Friday, July 1st At 8 h. A. M. Mr G. Morris & Self went to Schenectady in Chair; got there about 12 — Dined at Mr. Clinch's (a good house of Entertainment) at 2 h. P. M. in Co. wlh the Rev'1 Mr Monro, Missionary at Albany At three O'Clock left Schenectady and took the Road leading thro' Counisligeoene, Which is a fertile Vale on the Banks of the Mohawk River Settle [rf] with Substantial farmers—The Wheat, Ind" Corn, Pease, Flax, Hemp Grass, and in Short every thing the Earth produced, grew here in the most luxuriant manner—great part of the Upland from this Vale, across to Hudson's River also produced Excellent Crops of every kind—So that upon the whole we had a most agreeable Ride from Schenectady to Mr. Minifie's on the Banks of Hudson's River about 5 Miles above Albany—Here we got about 5 o'clock—Supped—and Lodged very comfortably—

[14] Saturday July 2nd Arose at 6 in the morning—left Mr Minifies at 7, and got in Albany a little before 8—took Breakfast at the Widow Vernon's at the Sign of the Kings Arms, with G. Morris—With whom afterwards Consulted about the Lands claimed by the Heirs of A. Coejernans

About 10 h. A. M. Mess TM J. & Anthy Ten Eyck called upon me, & shewed me their ace" as Exr" of Sam1 Coejemans dec'1—professed great friendship & promised to Shew every paper they are possessed of relating [to] their claim to the Estate of Sam1 Coejemans decd—

Dined with the Gentlemen of the Court at Cartwrights —at 4 h. P.M. went over to Green Bush & Drank Tea at Col" Rensselaer's, found the family all well—

Returned in the Evening, paid a Visit or two—called upon M'" A R Lott who left New York the Same Day as Mr Duryee—She appeared very weak—

Monday July 4th Wrote Mrs Lott, Ph. Lott & James Abeel — Breakfasted w"1 Mr Beekman— ufter Breakfast Mr. Jer. Rensselaer & M' Jessop called upon me, and informed me that there were people who would buy Lands Wh the said Rensselaer petitioned for on Sacondaga River* for 3/ an Acre & pay me Patent fees—Wu I agreed to Accept of, as did Mr Banyar [15] who I afterwards Spoke to on the Subject—Proposed to Mr Rensselaer to run out the Claim of the Heirs of A. Coejeman's under their Patent of Anno 1673—he replied he could not do it himself but would give me an Answer to morrow

Had some farther conversation with Anthr Ten Eyck, about the Estate of Mr. Sam1 Coejeman's dec'1 but Nothing final was done

Dined at Cartwrights with Mr. Low Mr. Duryee & Several Gentlemen of the Law^at 4 h. P. M. went w11' Dr. Van Dyck to pay a Visit and drink Tea at old Mr. Dow, at Wolf Hook. The old Gentleman (aged 82,) was exceeding glad to see me, and offered me the use of his house as long as I Stayed in these parts—

Returned to Albany in the Evening—Supped with Abm Yates Esqr.—and went to Bed at 11 h. P. M.—

Tuesday July 5th— Eat Breakfast at M'. Beekman—Where I also Dined

Mr. Rensselaer delivered proposals for Running out Coejemans old Patent amounting to £203.10.0.

Engaged to Dine w/ H Cuyler Esqr. to Morrow

[16] All the afternoon I employed in Visiting my friends and Acquaintances who all appeared & Supped with Several Gentlemen of the Court I to be glad to see me—Went to Bed at 10 'Clock &c" at Cartwrights where I continued till about j at Night,— luilfun hour after Eleven, & then went to Bed

Wednesday July 6th Took Breakfast with M1. Beekman—made some Enquiry about Coejemans Claim—at 12 o'Clock crossed the Ferry, took a Ride in the Sulky to Mr. J. Staats's at the Hooge Bergh, who was not at home—returned

* Oouvermmr Morris, of Morrinania. . t Rev. Harry Monro. tmbsequently so well known from hie coiiufctiou, by marriage, with the Jaya and DeLanceys o f this State.

to Mr. Cuylers where I dined w"1 Mr. Banyar & two of the Mr. Glen's, J and also drank Tea— * Sacondaga-rivcr rises in Warren-county, and after rnnnlng a very crooked course, it empties into the Hudson, in the town of Hadley, Saratoga-county.

Left his house towards Evening—Culled at Col" Reussrlaei-H—and returned to the City— Passed the Evening at Mr" Schuylers and went to Bed at 10 O'Clock—

Thursday July 7st Eat Breakfast at M", Rensselaers, where I also Dined wth Several Gentlemen of the Law, and in the interim examined Several Dutch papers relating to the Dispute about the Noarmans Kill—The Mansion house of Mr". Rensselaer is one of the most Spacious buildings in the Country, and is very pleasantly Situated about a Mile above the City of Albany—At about 4 h. P.'M returned to Town—at five attended the funeral of a Child or [of?]T>'. Martins, who [17] is Married to a Daughter of Jacob H Ten Eyck—at about 7, o'Clock recd two letters from New York, one from Ph. Lott & the other from I. Abeel; the Latter informed me Govr Golden would give a Grant for Lands at Stntmdage, petitioned for by Jer. V Rensselaer & others — which communicated to the Said Van Rensselaer, & Mr. Banyar, interested therein who agreed to get out the Grant with all possible dispatch

Passed the Evening at Cartwrights, with Justice Livingston, Mr. Kemp and R Morris, and went to Bed at Eleven O'Clock

Friday July 8th Breakfasted with Mr. Beekman, did a Variety of business—Dined with Mr. Ten Broeck—Toqk an Extract out of the Records from Killiaen Van Rensselaers Deed to Coejemans by wch find, the Rensselaer Family must Covey \conney] 100 Acres Land to the Heirs of Coejemans, laying at Piehteway, and it is Said that one Milbnrn. Van Hoesen lives on the Land

Left Albany at 4 h. P. M. in a Solo—called at Mr. NiehoUs's, who informed me that the said Van Hoesen Lived on the Said 100 Acres Land —Left Mr. Nicholl's at 7. o'Clock, and got to Mr. Anthony Ten Eyck's at 8—Passed the Evening [18] witli him and Lady, and beginning to talk of old times in New York, did not get in Bed till about Midnight—

Saturday July 9th after a good Nights rest, got up at half-past Six—Breakfasted with Mr. Ten Eyck—Took a walk to his Mills—Had my Horses Shod, and a Screw put in the Bottom of my Sulky—agreed to Let Ten Eyck know when I returned to Albany, in order to his meeting me there with all his papers relating to the Estate of Sam1 Coejemans Dec'1.—and at 11 O'Clock left his House and went to Mr. M'Carty's, where I dined with Mrs. Bronck, on Venison, and drank Tea—had a good deal of talk

* Justice Livingston.—Probably Judge Robert R. Livingston, of the Supreme Court of the Colony, and father of the Chancellor. t Mr. Kempa. —Probably Hon. John Tabor Kempo, the Attorney-general of the Colony.

with M1 MrCarty about our claim, who gave me Several informations how tilings had been ••onducted by the Ten Eyckw -fee"—uto h, P. M, left Mr. McCarty's, for Mrs. Witbeck's at Achquetok, and got there at Six—where I found all friends well and greatly pleased with my Visit; took a Walk [19] with M>. Witbeck about the Farm W" I found a good one, affording a prospect of an Excellent Crop of Wheat—went to Bed about 10 h. P. M.—

Sunday July 10th got up in good health this Morning—left Mrs Witbeck's, at 8 h. A.M —accompanied by Mr. P. Witbeck, with intent to go to Church at Coxhacki, but by the way heard there would be no preaching and therefore • Stopped at the House of Mr. Th* Hoogtelingh, who has married the Eldest Daughter of Mrs. Witbeck—got here about half-past 9 o'Clock; Mr. Hoghteling being gone from home to pay a Visit to his Mother near Albany who has broke her Leg—I remained here all Day—Talked t<> old Hend* Hoghteling & told him my intention of Running out my Right in Coejemans claim—wch he approved of and recommended one Jacob Bogardus as a Chain bearer—In the Evening Coz" Thomas came home, had some talk with him about the Eyek's Arc", but reod no new information—Supped & went to Bed at 10 o'Clock.

Monday July 11th Rose at half-past 6 o'Clock— Breakfasted an hour after. after Breakfast Mr. Hooghteling [20] Shewed me a Map of Lands granted to his Grandfather in Anno 1697, laying within the Bounds of Coejeman's Grant—Left his house about 9 O'Clock and went to Coxhackie & met with Several people According to Appointment made the Day before, and asked leave for my Surveyors when they came to Run out our Patent to Trnverse the Kill to Coxhachi, from the Mouth to the head—They all consented except one John Brunk who said he had no objection to the Surveyors Running as far as the Bridge of Coxhachi, but would not consent to their Runing any farther—I told him was a Matter of Indifference to me whether they Run farther or Not, but could wish they would not oppose me —and then left them, at half-past ten O'Clock (after paying 2/ for Toddy drank by the Company) for Mr. Wm Salisbury's at Katskill, where, I came about one o'Clock;—Dined here & in the afternoon paid a Visit to his Son Francis, on the North Side of the kill, who is Married to a Daughter of Joachim Stoats, of whom I bought a Sorrell Horse for £18. 4.—Drank Ten here in the Evening returned to his Fathers where I Slept, being made very welcome at both Houses—Informed him of my intentions to Run out our old Patent, at Wh he appeared to be a little Alarmed—tho' said nothing against the Measure.

Tuesday, July 12th Arose in good health at half past 7 h. A.M.—Took Breakfast at Eight, and at Nine left Mr. Salisbury's, and set out for Mr. Fredrick [21] Brandow's—got there at half past Ten—Spoke to his Son William, about the Lands I bought of Mr. Meteall'e, and gave him Home directions respecting them, of wrh he is to make report to me hi September—I was recd kindly Iutc; the[y] would not receive Anything for what I had at the house, altho' Tavern Keepers—Left Brandow's at a quarter past 11 h. A. M. by the way of TenuisVan Veghten'sat Katekill, for Coxhackie; where I arrived at three Quarters past one—Dined at the House of a Mr. Com.Pi/n, and paid him for Self, Pomp and Horses 3/ and at three O'Clock Set out for Coxhackie Landing in order to cross over to Kinderhook—Got in the ferry Boat at the L imling at 4 h. P. M. and landed Safe at the .Vutlen Hook on the Eastern Bank of Hudson's Kiver, a quarter of an hour after—from whence proceeded to the House of Isimc Goes, on the East side of Kinderhook Creek opposite to the Church—Got there about Six, and after resting a little, paid a Visit to the Revd Mr. Fryenmoet,* with whom passed the Evening & [Supped, being made exceeding welcome by him it family—He informed me that he had been at the Bath, and had seen Mr. McDongoll & Mr. White there, who were much better than when they went, especially, the former, and that they hud both been very kind to him and his Lady—Returned to Mr. Goes's at 10 h. P. M. and went to bed in good health.

[22] Wednesday, July 13th At Six O'Clock this morning arose in good health Talked with Mr. Goes about the Division of Kinderhook, and found that it was totally disregarded every I body taking in Lands where they can find it j whether they have right to it or not particularly Mr. Van Schaack's family,—Mr. David V. Schaack was told has taken in at least 2000 Acres, and built liim a house like a Castle on j part of it, near the Town; it is built of Brick,' two Stories high, four Rooms on a floor, and a i large hall thro' the Middle of it, and is built! in a very elegant Taste—Strange doings this on I common Lauds & forebodes no good on the part of the Van Schaack family towards confirming the partition—•

Breakfasted at Mr. Goes's, for w'1', Lodgings &c*.,—paid 5/ 6 —left his house at half past 8 h. A. M.—called upon Mr. Fryenmoel, who gave me some Green Pease for Mess" White M''Dougall—proceeded from his house, by the way of Van Alstyne's, from thence to Cap' V. D. Pool's & so on to the house of one Mr. Demming, at a place in Westenhook Patent called New Canaan where I stopped at a Quarter past one— being about 16 miles from the Town of Kinderhook, great part of the Way being Hilly, Stony & Rough—Here I overtook one \Tosbnrgh from Kinderhook, wlh whom dined, and fed my Horses, for W* paid 3/.

At half past two left Demming's & at half past four P. M. got to the Bath, where I found my friends White A McDougall, much recovered [23] And rinding them at Tea, with two Clergymen and two Country Ladies, also drank Tea wlh them—about 6 O'Clock went into the Bath, which refreshed me very much—Supped on Chocolate and went to Sleep at 10 h. P. M.

Thursday, July 14th Arose in good health at 5 o'Clock in the Morning—at Six went into the Bath, which was very Reviving—Breakfasted at Eight—Afterwards (the several Patients having Bathed) we Stopped Some leaks in the Bath—and then we mounted our Horses & took a Slow Ride about the Country for about 8 milea & returned to the Bath at about 12—at W' time meeting an old Dutch Woman very lame A with Sore legs, & very Poor, gave her a Dollar— Dined at 2 h. P. M. having a Most excellent appetite us had Mess" W & McDougall—Towards Evening Bathed again—and about 9, went to Bed—

Friday, July 15th Arose in good health at 5 o'Clock Bathed at Six—Breakfasted at Seven —mounted our Horses at Nine—and went to the Wheat field of one Dimming—and Mr. White Shott Three Squirrels, which returned to the Bath and had them Dressed for Dinner— Dined at two [24] O'Clock—after dinner took four glasses of old Wine, and then played Yos with Cap' White till five, leaving off as we began—We then made several repairs to the Bath in order to Stop the leaks—about Six a Waggon arrived from Kinderhook wlh five people to be cured in the Bath of the Rheumatism—Bathed again at Seven as did my friends —At Eight another Waggon arrived with some people from Albany in order to use the Bath— Supped between 8 & 9 & went to Bed at Ten in good health, after Eating a Supper of Milk . . .

Saturday, July 16th Got up at a Quarter before 5 h. A. M. — Sent Pomp for the Horses in order to leave the Spring — Breakfasted at Six—Gave Cap' White 8/ towards building a Bathing House—4/ 4. to Mr. Mc Catt, who keeps the House of Entertainment for my expenses —Rec'd the occ' of the Death of Sir Wm. Johnson by Mr. John Fisher of Albany—and left the Bath at a Quarter of Six—I must here remark that the Roads from Kinderhook to the Bath are exceeding Rough, but might be made much better by removing a great Number of loose Stones & Stiunps & tilling of Deep Ruts — Altho' the Country is Rough, it nevertheless appears fertile, and deserves the Name of a good country, both for raising of Wheat & Cattle — The Lands about the Spring tho' Rough are very good, as is fully Evinced by the Wheat, Corn & Grass it produces—The Spring is the most extra-ordinary I ever saw for the Quantity of Water it delivers; the Waters have a fat Sulphurous taste, and one of a Purgative Nature

At a Quarter after 9 A. M. got at the House & Mill of Mr. Schermerhorn called Phillipstown, about 9 Miles from the Spring—The Road for the most part is new & therefore bad for a Carriage but except about two Miles Across a Stony ridge be made very good it tho whole distance except the Ridge may be called a very good Country—Fed my Horses here, and paid 104—and moved forward towards Albany at 10 h. A M. —At a Quarter past one o'Clock, got to the House of Mich1 Michael's distance from Schermerhorn's about 10 miles but as I Rode it not less than twelve—Here I dined on Bread & Butter, with Soft Eggs. There was also some fried Bacon on Table of which I however did not taste—Dinner Ac cost here 4/6—At half after 2 h. P. M, Set off from hence, and ut five got to the ferry opposite to Albany; distance from Michaels 11 miles—So that the whole distance from the Bath to the City of Albany is 30, miles —In Albany I put up at Mr. Beekman's who on my coming to his house gave me two Letters, one from R. Morris Esqr. enclosing an order on his Brother Lewis Morris for £76—; The other from Ph. Lott, informing me among other things that my family were well on the 8"' Instant —

I also met just returned from Johnstown in Tryon County, Gov Franklin & his Suit, Mr. Banyar, Mr. Low, Mr. Duryee and Mr, Morton — wrote a Letter to Mess'". W. A M'' Dougall by Capt. Chapman A sent them a pound of Green Tea, which Mr. MDougall forgot to take with him—Also wrote a Letter to Mr. A. Ten Eyck requesting he would come with all the papers he has about Coejeman's affairs & Meet me on Monday in this place, that I may be enabled to Set out for home.

Supped with Mr. Beekman A- went to Bed at 10 o'Clock—

Sunday July 17th —Arose at Seven in the Morning Breakfasted at Eight—wrote a Letter Tryon County—-Promised the Judge to send up £150—to his house by his Sloop — All this Day had a Smart purging on me, which believe to be occasioned by the Waters of the Bath.

Monday, July 18th —Arose at half-past Six— Breakfasted with Mr Beekman—after which had a long conference with Messrs J & A Ten Eyck — the Substance of which see in the Bundle of Papers — Bespoke my passage to New York with H. Cuyler & am to set out To Morrow—Dined with Jacob H. Ten Eyck Esq — after Dinner Settled with Gysbert Fonda, about which See the memorandum — Bought a Horse of Doctor Mantins for £27 — and sold Henry Kelly's Sulky to H. T. Eyck for £17—Paid 27/ for a Copy of K. V. Rensselaer's Deed to A. Coejemans in 1706—Gave Mr John Bleeeker the Boundaries of the Indian Deed of 1704 — and requested him to let me know how far the Stations therin mentioned would go from Hudsons River? Paid Several Visits — passed the Evening at Mr Cartwrights, and went to Bed at half-past Ten.

Arose at Six, jodgings—wrote a Letter to Joachim Staats A thanked him for the Loan of his Horse—paid some Visits—at Eleven called on the Loan-officers of Albany | who paid me on Account £600. 17. 2—Paid Dr Mantins £27—for the Horse bought of him yesterday, who is to Send him down by some Carefid Captain in the Course of a few Days—Paid Robt Yates £93. 4. 6—allowed Mm by an act of Assembly passed in March last — Invited by Dr Mantins to'Dine with him on Snock that is Pike, but Dined with M' Beekman—at 2 h, P.M. left Mr Beekman's and w ent on board of a Sloop of Capt Harmanus Cuyler and Set off from Albany for New York, having on board Ph: Livingston, Esqr. [Probably the merchant of that name who resided in New York; was afterwards a member of the Continental Congress; and signed tho Declaration of Independenoe] & Lady, as also one other Woman passenger — At 3 o'Clock got to the Overshigh, about 3 miles below Albany, where the sloop got aground as did also Cap1 Sam1 Proyn in his Sloop

Drank Tea at 4 P.M.—after which intended to have gone to the house of J. Staats with the Canoe, but supposing him gone to Loonenburgh to an Arbitration did not go — went to Bed about 10 O'clock.

Wednesday July 20th — at one o'clock in the Morning got off the overslagh and Rowed up against Tide to opposite the House of the Widow Schuyler — At 4 A.M. weighed [29] Anchor, and Worked it down Against Tide to about 3 Miles above Coejemau's; here the Tide making against us, came to an Anchor, at 10 h. A.M.— here we laid & Dined—and at 4 h. P. M weighed Anchor & with the Ebb worked down against a very Strong South Wind to about half a Mile above Coejemans, when, the wind increasing & the foresail Splitting, we came again to an Anchor at about 5, o'Clock—I then went on Shore and Drank Tea with Mrs. Ten Eyck & Daughter, with Mr. McCarty. who I saw or rather met on my Landing a little above Mr. Ten Evck's house—after Tea, taking leave of Mrs. Ten Eyck &c" went with Mr. Mc'Carty to his house remained there a little, & then went to Mrs. Brouks, where I found Mrs. Witbeck & her Daughter Van Antwerp; About Sundown Mr. A Ten Eyck & Mc Carty came there also— Supped here with those Gentlemen—Took leave of Mrs. Bronk and family who gave me some Green Pease, & went to M'Carty's at 9 h. P.M. —from hence went with the Canoe to A. T. Eyck's. Stopped & Drank a Couple Glasses of Wine with him; he gave me some Sailed and three Chickins — left his house at 10 h. P. M.— went on board the Sloop, and went to Bed at half-past Ten—The Wind Blowing exceeding hard at South

Thursday July 21, 1774 —At three o'Clock this morning the Capts. Groesbeck & Staats, passed us with a fair Wind from New York to Albany at 4 in the Morning had a Smart Shower of Rain, at five weighed Anchor and against the Southerly Wind worked down to Opposite Coxsackie and here Run aground again at halfpast nine— (Breakfasted between 7 &8h. A.M.—) Got loose again and came down to Nutten Hook at 10, where the flood obliged us to come to an Anchor— Here the Capt Landed his Wife, that is at Coxhackie, who went to pay a Visit to her Father Petrus Van Berghen who lives just about a mile from the River near the Church at Coxhackie—Dined while we laid at Anchor— about 3 h P.M. Weighed Anchor and tided down About 8 miles, & between 8 & 9, O'Clock were obliged to come to an anchor again — Supped & went to Bed between nine & ten o'Clock.

Friday July 22nd. Weighed Anchor about 4 h. A.M. with a very light Northerly Breeze— Breakfasted at Seven, and at half post nine the Wind failing & the Tide coming against us, came to an Anchor about a Mile below Judge Livingstons, and nearly opposite the Mouth of the Esopus Creek—Mr & Mrs. Livingston & Self went on Shore, they paid a Visit And Dined with Ph. I. Livingston Sheriff of Dutchess County and I went to the House of Judge Livingston & Dined there, and paid Mrs Livingston at the request of the Judge made to me at Albany, £150 on Acct of Salary Due him as one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of this Colony—I was received very kindly here and at half-past 2, o'clock left the House when Mrs. Livingston presented me with four Chickens and Some Carrots; Her Son Henry was kind enough to bring mo down to the House of the aforesaid Sherif, where the Sloop took me aboard, it being then at half past 4 P. M.— We made the best of our Way against & Strong Southerly Wind, and a Thunder Shower arising came to an Anchor agnin ntftre O'Clock for About a Quarter of an hour—then weighed ani chor, and continued to make the best of our I Way till Six o'Clock, when the wind blew so I hard that we anchored again opposite to Col" j Ten Broeck's, but finding the water too Shallow weighed again and continued under Sail till about half after Eight, when we anchored about a Mile above Eusope's Creek — here we supped and went to Bed at Ten o'Clock.

Saturday Morning July 23rd Got up at a Quarter past one — The weather being then Cloudy & the Wind Still blowing fresh at South Between 2 & 3 h. A. M., weighed Anchor, the Wind blowing So hard at South that we were obliged to let the Anchor go twice before five 0' Clock, about which time happened an exceeding hard Clap of Thunder, and Rained verv hard— Breakfasted at Eight O'Clock—and continued Sailing till Ni» v, when the flood came against us, and therefore anchored opposite to Mr De Witt's at Staatsburgh,** not having advanced more than five Miles all the tide—Dined at one o'Clock, and at two Weighed Anchor at the young Ebb, But the Wind as much against us as ever—At about three O'Clock took on board a Carpenter living as he says in New York— continued tinder Sail till Six O'Clock, when the . . .

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Excerpted from a text generally titled A JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO ALBANY, ETC., MADE BY ABRAHAM LOTT, TREASURER OF THE COLONY OF NEW YORK, 1774 and printed in The Historical Magazine, vol. 8:2, pp. 65-74 (August 1870). Albany related material begins on page 66. The so-called manuscript source of this offering was said to be "Copied Verbatim, from the Original in Possession of his Family." Also noted that "We are indebted, for this interesting Journal, to our valued friend, C. C. Dawson, Esq., of New Jersey."

It appears that the "root" source of this work has been its appearance in The Historical Magazine. That version is available online in a number of formats. It has been adopted and adapted here for convenience. The whereabouts of an "original" manuscript is unknown to us at this time.

Transcription/transformation: Our goal is to present the printed text online in as clear a manner as possible. Some liberties with the original presentation (and with spellings and punctuations as well) have been taken in the name of clarity. Generally, we have omitted footnote references presented in the so-called original because they are redundant and/or irrelevant in the Albany-centered context. We recognize that this so-called source is at least once removed from an original manuscript. It is a classic "Victorianization!" At the time of its printing of Lott's journal, the magazine was owned by premier antiquarian and New York author of the day, Henry B. Dawson.

Abraham Lott: The numerous "Abraham Lotts" have been confused by historians and also by genealogists. This particular Abraham Lott (1714-1801) - the "treasurer of the colony of New York," was the son of Abraham and Catherine Hegeman Lott. He married "Geertruy Coeyman" of New Jersey. least confusing resource, #46 = perhaps pp. 40-. See also WOW

Staats: Possibly all Staats references in this journal are to one Jochem Staats of Staats Island. Certainly those references were to members of his larger Staats family.


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