Tuesday, June 9
"The time has come that I must tell the events which began at 40 Pest Street. The houses, which were reddish black, looked as if they had issued mysteriously from the fire of London. The house in front of my window, covered with an occasional wisp of creeper, was as black and empty looking as any plague-ridden residence subsequently licked by flames and smoke.
This is not the way I had imagined New York."