Travels in North America, in the years 1841-2 : with geological observations on the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia

“It has so often happened to me in our own island, without traveling into those parts of Wales, Scotland, or Ireland, where they talk a perfectly distinct language, to encounter provincial dialects which it is difficult to comprehend, that I wonder at finding the people here so very English. If the metropolis of New England be a type of a large part of the United States, the industry of Sam Slick, and other writers, in collecting together so many diverting Americanisms and so much original slang, is truly great, or then inventive powers still greater.”

Lyell, Charles, Sir. “Travels in North America, in the years 1841-2 : with geological observations on the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia” 1845. https://archive.org/details/gri_33125010817993/page/n7/mode/2up