Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 3
Philadelphia U.S. June 9th 1852 PDF (2.8 MB)
I left San Franscisco on the sixth of May and landed at N. York last Friday morning, on Saturday I came to this City. When we made land at the entrance of New York harbour, how I felt! I remembered the first time I entered it. I think no one can look on America as a country without having an elevated opinion of it. To me it never appeared more interesting or more noble. This is perhaps owing in part to the fact that of late I have been as it were out of the civilized world. But telling contrasts alone, the green lawns, fruitful fields, and quiet _______ cannot be looked upon without deep emotion and besides this natural charm there is an unsurpased evidence of refined taste and _________. All the way from Sandy Hook to this City there are the most striking evidences of thrift and comfort. Yesterday I visited "Lawrel Hill Cemetary" about three miles from the city, a beautiful place for the dead to rest in peace till the last trumpet shall sound. This morg. I had a view of Philadelphia from the tower of the State House. The whole city and surrounding country can be seen. I am very fond of this place It is certainly a handsome city. But what is any place without friends and home?
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