Urban Maps: Bethlehem
Isaac Weld (1774-1856) Travels through the State of North America, and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, during the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797. London: J. Stockdale, 1799.
Weld's popular account of his travels through North America included a section on Bethlehem, which he describes as "most agreeably situated on a rising ground, bounded on one side by the River Lehigh...and on the other by a creek, which has a very rapid current, and affords excellent seats for a great number of mills. The town is regularly laid out, and contains about eighty strong built stone dwelling houses and a large church." Several engravings accompany his account, including this view of Bethlehem.