I have had a kind note from Mrs. It was a most lovely evening and we enjoyed the three hours' airing; it was perfectly clear and still, with sunshine and fresh balmy air. Yesterday Saturday directly after breakfast we went as by appointment to Mr. Childs' office; he has a beautifully fitted-up room, filled with all kinds of curiosities,--Tom Moore's harp, Washington's chair, Louis Napoleon's cup and saucer, splendid clocks of all kinds; one of them belonged to Lord Howe, which he had to leave behind him when he was "obliged to run away from the States in such a hurry!
Childs' seemed to think I must know all about this, but I am afraid I had quite forgotten that humiliation. To return to Mr. Childs' room; while there several ladies called, and among them Mrs. Bloomfield Moore; she talked well and we made friends, and she proposed to call for us and take us a drive, to which we agreed. After she had gone Mr. Childs told me she was a poetess and a millionaire, and was supposed to be engaged to Browning the poet.
A man was then told off to escort us over the building, and a wonderful place it is. All the printing and editorial work and "job" work so beautifully arranged and everything in such perfect order. Childs is the proprietor. Almost all the American news comes to us from his office from a Mr. Cook got the substance of these speeches beforehand. After this we went to the Electric Exhibition going on here, and Dick tried an organ; then we had a drive with ; she talked all the time and told me all about her husband and his will, and how astonished everyone was to find what immense confidence in her it proved; she knows Mrs.
Capel Cure and Miss Western, and she has just bought a good house in London. She is much interested in Mr. Childs sent us some tickets for the opera here, and I gave Mrs. B one, and we all went, the music was pretty and singing good. Rosengarten, a friend of Mr. Childs, came into the box, and between one of the acts asked me if I would like to see some typical American political meetings?
I said "Oh, yes;" so he carried me off, and the boys followed, to a splendid opera house, which was crammed to the galleries by a very respectable-looking, quiet audience, listening most attentively to the "Prohibition" candidate, who was shouting and apparently pleasing them much, but being behind him on the platform they wanted me to go close to him but I would not , I could not hear the point of his jokes. Then we went to the Academy of Music, also a very large place, where a more rowdy lot were listening very quietly, however, to General Butler.
Certainly no meetings of such size could take place in England with such entire absence of noise or policemen, of carriages, or cabs. We went to bed very tired having had so much to interest us all day. Childs, by the bye, has sent me a present of some china and a box full of lovely roses, which I shared with the sons and Mrs. I see I have not mentioned before that I received yours and Mary's letter of 28th September, which came very soon after my birthday. This morning we went to a Presbyterian Church by mistake, but it was very dull and we soon went out and went to another close by, which turned out to be Ritualistic, but at any rate the music, and better still, the sermon, was very good,--"What think ye of Christ?
Rosengarten was to meet us. Rosengarten offered to take Hedley with him for a drive to see some of his relations, and so I have been alone since--reading, and writing to you. Childs called and brought me a note from Mrs.
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Childs saying she was very unwell and her doctor said she must be quiet, and would we defer our visit till Wednesday? I declined this at once, and Mr. Childs seemed very sorry, but when Dick joined us he said we were in no great hurry to leave Philadelphia and might as well stay, so I could only agree to remain till Thursday.
I said "Yes, I should be very glad of some," thinking he would lend me a few of his own; well, a large parcel soon arrived with a lovely copy of Longfellow's Poems and my name in it, and lots of story books, all new. This morning Tuesday our future host at New Brunswick called, a nice-looking, lively man, and we go to them on Thursday--Mr. James Neilson. Yesterday afternoon we spent two hours at Mrs.
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B's, and met Mr. I am trying to persuade John to stop here on Friday on his way from Baltimore and see one of his experiments. Keally is a mechanist, and says he discovered this force by accident. It is curiously like the one in Bulwer's novel, which everyone was possessed of and could destroy anything in a moment.
B is going to take us a drive this afternoon.
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At present my letters to Newport have only produced an invitation to dine with Mrs. Belmont on Saturday, which we are unable to accept. Hedley enjoyed his Sunday outing with Mr. Rosengarten, and was introduced to heaps of people, and felt quite an important person. He told his wife to buy any land she liked four years ago, and build anything she liked on it, and now he has paid the bills and handed her the deeds, and it is all her own. That's the way husbands do things in America! Some of the working men are remarkably fine and intelligent looking, and always quiet and well behaved. I do not observe any very great politeness to women, which I was led to expect was the prevailing habit in the United States, but I notice that the fathers are wonderfully gentle and helpful with the children.
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Childs is a bright little woman, and sings well, which you would scarcely expect when hearing her voice in speaking. A captain of one of the Cunard steamers sat next me, and seeing my distress over a plateful of very large oysters, whispered, "you need not eat them. So my dinner consisted of crab, and I was obliged to have something to eat on our return to the hotel. Childs is very rich, and gives away immensely.
Hall, whose husband, now an old man I believe, he partly supports. Childs called early with his picture, framed, as a present. M, who called, is very anxious that they should see the Keally experiments. I hear John and E are going to Boston. Pruyn of Albany.
It is very nice, and I am very glad she arranged so cleverly for you to be taken! Clara and S were at a large evening party lately at Euston, where they met the Princess Frederica of Hanover, whom I have met several times at dear Katty Mande's, and she inquired about us from Clara. M called and kindly took me to the station, and presented me with some beautiful roses, which I brought here unpacked and gave to Mr. Major R. S spoke to me again at the hotel about the Keally motor, and fervently repeated that after a thorough inspection of the machinery he is convinced that a new force is at work.
Neilson and his carriage met us at the station. It is a pretty cottage, close to his mother's house, and with some grounds round them. In the evening we went to his mother's, had tea, oysters and birds, and then a number of people came; Dr. Cook, Professor of Chemistry, and Mr.
Admiral Boggs, Dr. He is a Dutch clergyman of the Dutch church here, and has been at John's laboratory at Cambridge, and talked about him and his work. She spoke about my brother Hedley, and tears came into her eyes as we talked; everyone here seems to have read his memoirs, and I enclose a scrap out of the New Brunswick paper, which will show you how he is remembered.
Neilson seems a capital housekeeper, and the cooking and everything seems so good and comfortable. This is the view of all the people I stayed with or spoke to. We passed some very pretty bays and creeks, but though the day was bright, the wind blew a gale, and we could not sit about. We lunched at the railway station, with our driver sitting at the next table. It is so funny to find everyone at your elbow, whatever their position may be, but I must say they behave very well.
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We returned by train, and I managed to catch a chill, and have been in bed most of the morning. The day was so lovely that Mr. In the afternoon I went with Mr. Neilson to call on his mother and Mrs. We left the kind Neilsons yesterday, and as Dick and I were not well, we took drawing-room car seats, which, however, were extremely uncomfortable wicker chairs, which turned round on a pivot with the least movement and made one feel sick!
So I sat on a hard bench usually occupied by conductors. They intend starting home on the 1st. We are arranging for berths in the "Oregon," on the 12th, Last night I was surprised to get a letter from Liza, which had been sent to Evelyn, dated October 5th, telling me that No.
Scott Holland till 8th December! I suppose some letter from Liza has been lost, for I have never heard a word of it before. The road yesterday was very pretty, crossing two or three rivers with beautiful colored foliage on their banks, and some fine towns. It is difficult at hotels to get the right kind of food when one is out of sorts.
It may be of some interest to your readers to know that we have at present in our midst some distinguished people. Not indeed because they happen to be people of high rank in their own country, but because they represent names standing preeminent in the fields of science on the one side of their house, and on the other a name cherished in every household as the very embodiment of Christian chivalry, that of a veritable soldier of the cross. James Neilson, at their residence, Woodlawn.
She is accompanied by her two sons, the Honorables Richard and Hedley Stratt.