Great conference at Historical Society of Philadelphia, Temple University and McNeill Center at Penn on Port Cities. Terrific opening talks by Emma Hart and Cathy Matson. What struck me most is how our historical world has moved on in the last twenty years – it is now quite customary for early Americanists to be at conference listening to papers on widely scattered areas, from Japan, Manila and Sierra Leone to Philadelphia and (in the case of myself and Mark Peterson of Berkeley) Boston and Kingston. Very stimulating few days – even if Philadelphia was unseasonably warm. Got to spend a lot of time with Bob and Rachel Duplessis as well as Rod and Michelle McDonald and Mike Zuckerman.