Dixon, James. Personal Narrative of a Tour through a part of the United States and Canada: with Notices of the History and Institutions of Methodism in America. New-York: Lane & Scott, 1849. Second Edition. 
Black publisher's cloth, boards stamped in blind, spine in gilt, top of backstrip pasted to spine with some loss at the edges, corners and ends worn through, binding slightly shaken. 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, 1865 pencil owner's inscription on ffep, steel-engraved frontis portrait of Dixon by F. E. Jones, with tissue guard. 431, (1) pp. Fair. Hardcover.
Vivid descriptions of people and places with observations on the state of the Methodist church in America.
As an example of Rev. Dixon's writing, we give you the Irishman: "The Irishman never alters in his own person, whether found in St. Giles or New-York. The sunshine of civilization, the softening influence of free institutions, the example of quiet and good men, and, above all, the blessings of true religion, are all in vain. He continues the same fierce, intractable, restless being as when he left the wilds, or merged from the bogs, of his native land. To hat the English and eat potatoes were the two lessons of his Irish life; and if he obtains better food in the New World, and thus unlearns the physical lesson, he never changes in his antipathies, or unlearns the moral, nay, the religious duty of eternal hostility." p. 171
Travels through Boston, New York, Baltimore, New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia, Washington, the Cumberland, Allegheny Mountains, Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Cincinnati, Auburn, Sandusky, Lake Erie, Niagara Falls, St. Catherine's, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, the Thousand Islands, Montreal, Quebec, Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh, Troy, Albany, the Hudson, back to New York City, and the voyage home.
James Dixon (1788-1871), English Wesleyan minister (1812), in 1841 elected president of the Wesleyan conference, and in 1847 sent by them to the United States and Canada as their representative. "In this capacity he visited America, preaching and addressing meetings in many of the chief cities. His well-known work, Methodism in America, was the fruit of this expedition...the great work of his life was preaching, and his sermons were among the most ennobling and beautiful examples of the modern evangelical pulpit." - DNB.