see NY from top of World Building and cab thro’ Wall St. and others noted; then to her home; chatted, told Stickeen story to her friend, then was driven to Johnson’s to dinner, then down town to election jam; was most killed. [Nov 8]. Start for Wilmington, meet Sargent, Canby, Stratton and Pettigrew at station; got to hotel for dinner, then drive in carriage out into picturesque country a few miles and thro’ a park along the Brandywine, magnificent views of the Chesapeake Bay, many fine wild oak woods, scarlet oak gloriously vivid blending with purple and bronze and brown of white and black oaks, yel of maples, red oak always yel and brown, only wood red. Park may be fine, rich farm fields, celery, etc. Canby took great pleasure in showing off his fine Delaware. Left for Baltimore at 5 P.M. arrived at 7 P.M. Drive to Vernon House, a queer, rich, old fashioned house, queer rooms, too hot, fat fussy Irish steward most effusively recommends different dishes, dinner only so so, the fat oysters stale , no good; rainy; took walk with Stratton thro’ poorly lighted street, curious parked street, Washington monument fine, nobly simple round shaft; then took 2d walk with Sargent. [Nov 9th]. Rainy, drive closed carriage to park of between 6 to 700 acres; noble oaks gloriously purple, most excitingly beautiful, mostly white large in majestic groups; never imagined oaks could color so supremely fine; deer in the park, innumerable roads too much cut up and the underbrush too closely cleared away; large reservoir called lake; police many to enforce rules, grand gates, many “right clever views”, as policeman said; picnic groves reserved on
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