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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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