Contributed by Harrison
Description: Letter From Milton:
Hurriedly Written; AMICUS
Newspaper published in: Dover, DE
Source: ARCHIVES ON LINE
Milton, Delaware, August 6, 1858:
Mr. Editor: Leaving Lewes for Milton I journeyed by way of Broadkiln Beach to join a large party there composed of all ages and sexes, being held according to a time honored custom, the beginning of which is so long ago that the "memory of man runneth astray".
After encountering many difficulties in navagating Lewes Creek with a small boat with Capt. Prettyman, against wind and tide, we were compelled to haul our boat ashore and walk the three miles on the beach before reaching Broadkiln.
Upon arrival at the pleasure grounds I was astonished, as well as delighted, at the prospect before me, there being a great multitude being in that place. An emmense number of ladies and gentlemen had assembled to spend the day eating, drinking and social enjoyment. They were encamped on both sides of the creek, near its mouth, and a great number of tents, canopies and awnings were erected. Beneath these were a great many of the "good things of life ".
Being a stranger, who lived a "good ways off", I was treated kindly and received marked attention for which I shall ever consider myself indebted.
The first thing that arrested my attention was that almost everybody, both ladies and gentlemen, turned out barefooted. Naked feet were as common as the pebbles on the shore and I was led to inquire regard this exhibition of naked feet to which several voices in the crowd, in a tone not to be misunderstood, answered "this is barefoot Thursday". Suiting the action to their word, I off boots instantly and felt at home. What I saw there ranged from hugh to beautiful. Masculine feet, odd shaped and ugly to the delicate tiny feet of earths angles, half concealed beneath the pebbly sand.
MILTON: Upon seeing Milton a second time I was further confirmed in regard to my former convictions, that Sussex, its towns, villages and folks improve on acquaintance. Such has been my experience
Milton is a pleasent place with about five hundred inhabitants and some very handsome dwellings. There are two churches, a Methodist Episcopal and a Methodist Protestant and twelve stores. The shipping industry is considerable and a number of vessels are built here yearly. I saw a huge class vessel on the stocks which would soon be completed by Mr. Prettyman. Capt., George Atkins has constructed a machine for measuring corn, patented in May last, which if it succeeds will be very valuable to him and corn dealers in general.
The Hotel, recently built and owned by James Ponder and occupied by Mr. Ezera Chambers, formerly of Jersey, is an elegant and commodious building and is well kept and is considered a "good Hotel". The other Hotel, The Exchange, is kept by Mr. James Cooper, Jr. He is a clever fellow and is well spoken of as a landlord. Persons stopping at Milton can be satisfactorily accomodated at either house.
Around Milton can be seen some of the finest lands in Sussex County. Among some of the handsomest farms are those of Jonn T. Conwell and Robert Betts. Mr. Caleb R. Paynter has one of the finest grist mills in the country adjoining the town. Reports are that the corn crop here will exceed that of Kent, the growing season here being much more favorable. AMICUS.