High but the most marked building of all & upon wh the eye is always fixed is the tabernacle wh seems to be all roof shaped like the half of a walnut the [bald] [ ] gray surface swelling free into the air like a mountain rock left alone in the pathway of an ancient Mer de Glace, & no one for a moment guess that it was holy. As soon as [Mill] City Creek approaches the upper [ ] of the city its waters are [drain] off right & left in ditches & distributed in brisk rills [one] any each side of every [street] in the city the [form ] slopes of the delta upon wh the city is built being admirably adapted for this system of town irrigation. These streams are all [pure] on the upper streets but as they are used as sewers they soon [ ] the consequences of contact with civilization though the swiftness of their flow prevent them becoming very foul, & all may see the children drinking from them everywhere Trees are planted along side [but] elms & poplars & maples & a few [calalpers] & hawthorns & yet they [are] nowhere found
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.
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