"In a postscript to my last, I mentioned the recent rains, and consequent fears of a freshet, which has since burst upon with great fury. The clouds have spent their strength, and the mountains have poured forth torrents into the vallies. I saw, this morning, at early sunrise, the dwelling of a farmer suddenly and unexpectedly surrounded by an irruption of waters. The unfortunate occupant had just time to loose his cattle, before his barn was carried away, and they swam off to the highlands. He then mounted a high spirited horse, his only means of escape, and conveyed his wife and their infant to a place of safety; and instantly returning, brought away two blooming boys, but a few moments before the swiftly rising flood swept his habitation from its foundation, scattering its various contents over the wide destruction of his cultivated lands. "The scene was full of sublime interest. The breaking clouds were tinged with glory by the rising sun, which was also reflected from the turbulent waters. The far-stretching mountains enclosed a mingled view of splendor, terror and destruction, exhibiting at once the weakness of man, the frailty of his hopes, and the power of that element, which seemed to celebrate a jubilee." (Extract from a letter.) [Pp. 6-7.]
Catalogue of Paintings at the Artist's Exhibition, in Harding's Gallery, School Street. Boston. May, 1834. Boston: J.H. Eastburn, Printer, 18, State Street, 1834.