Leave Quebec at 2:30 P.M. Fine ride to Dudley’s Junction where had supper; some mining in plains and quartz hereabouts. [Oct 23]. Awake on bank of Merrimac R, beautiful stream; oaks, ash, maple, etc. in color; many mills, neat villages. Arrive Boston 8:10, drive thro’ park to Sargent’s, arrive time for breakfast. Drive with Sargent to Hunnewell’s at Wellesley, charming place, every tree that can be made to grow and bush and flr. Lovely orchids, cedar of Leb, Douglas sp, sug pine not doing well, did not know them; colors charming there and all the way; lovely maples yel and red glowing in the spruces between lvs and limbs, ineffably fine; also white oak and scarlet bronze and purple and crimson, lacking pure lemon yel. Some maples only yel along veins, some tipped and margined with crimson; wonder to see such color on white oak. Hunnewell himself the best of all, has 3 sons, fine residence looking out over charming glacial lake, shore moderately high, the nat maple forest, etc, charming in form and colors. Planted every tree here since he was 45 yrs old (now 850) except one, an oak, 250 yrs old; had good lunch. [Oct 24]. Spent day in Boston and Cambridge with Page and Mifflin. Dined with Page, Bradford Torrey, Allen and Gibbs. P.M. Mr. Allen took to Riverside Press, grand establishment bookmaking. Mr. Rodgers, foreman of illustrating department, beat me home far as Chestnut St. [Oct 25]. Went to Sargent to Arboretum A.M. P.M. went to Boston. At 3 went with Page to his home in Cambridge. Mrs. P took me to call on Mrs. Gray, had pleasant time talking over old times and pleasant evening with the Pages. The streets in fine color, now at best, every st in mellow light, an avenue lined with elm and maple; Mrs. Gray’s residence with botanic garden about it. [Oct 26]. Set out at noon for NY with Mr. Sargent, his daughter Mollie, who is to sail tomorrow
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