& colonization of New England by the Pilgrims is [bold] & monotonous in comparison however superior in results regarding it simply as a phenomenon apart from all [religions] moral & material [ ]. Fancy the preachers of this new revelation wildly proclaiming to the assembled poor hungry in the hamlets of Europe in the moors of Scotland & England in the snowy pine woods of Norway amazing the [mountains] of Switzerland & [beneath] the palms of the tropic isles of the Pacific surrounded by [a] crowds of eager & [curious] listeners hungry & [halfwitted]
with wonderfilled eyes devouring the words of the speaker who promise them homes garden fields & everlasting happiness in this strange far country the Earthly [ ] The scoffing infidel the curious philosopher. [ ] with characteristic gestures Then the glad embracing of their new faith, profitable faith, by men actuated by all [motives] their leave taking of fatherland their toiling over the prairies & through rocky canons. Their fight with Indians & wild beasts. Their bravery [stones] without experience childlike. Their building of homes...etc etc. [No]
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.
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