May 9. continually to ascend, until wehad reached the level of the city,when we rode along easily on asmooth plain. The sun set whenwe were five miles from the cityand we reached Mr. Warren'scorner of M and 9 streets - abouteight o'clock, an hour later.Found them all well, and beingvery tired, we soon retired to rest.May 10. Sabbath. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.Sacramento City. A cloudy day.The wind blew so hard and cold,that we did not think it advisableto take the children out to attendchurch, and so we left themfor a short time with Mrs. Patter,who lives in the same house, andMr. & Mrs. Warren and myself, rodein his buggy to Mr. Smith's garden,which Dr. rode on horseback. Thisgarden of fifty acres is situated on theSacramento, from which it iswatered by steam power. The housewhich is at the entrance, is tastilybuilt. As you approach it yourMay 10. attention is directed to some enormouscactus as, which grow near it.Also you will notice various kinds ofvery uncommon trees growing aroundit. As we entered the house, our atfactory nerves were greeted with thesweet smell of ripe strawberries,which perfumed it. Passing throughthe house, we saw many hothousesfor plants, some of which we visited.They contained roses in every variety,besides almost all kinds ofchoice plants in pats. We next visitedthe flower garden, which is indeedbeautiful. Let those who have notaste for flowers, come here andlearn to love them. How couldthey help it. O they were so lovely!I will not attempt a description oftheir beauties. What would have lookedthe most charming to us of all, hadit been a warm, sultry day, was abeautiful arbor, built of lattice work,nearly round in sharp, the crevicesbeing nearly filled with the roseshoneysuckles and passion flowers
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