"Condition of Mobile," Norfolk Advertiser (Dedham, MA), February 27, 1836
No less than 4,000 seamen were employed in the trade of Mobile last season; about 500 of whom are in port during the business months. Eighteen years ago, a single steamboat found her way to this port; now 45 are employed in the Mobile trade. At the wharves there are probably 40 vessels lading and unlading; and in the bay I counted at a single view, 55 sail. Improved property in the best parts of the city has recently risen from 100 to 300 percent.