distributed in large parks full of trees, especially elms, limes and poplars. The large towns Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem, the Hague, have several large parks and many small ones, and the streets have rows and double rows of magnificent trees giving delightful effect. Strange to say, the celebrated Jardin des Plantes of Paris is less interesting than many of these Holland gardens and Zoos. Much of our pleasure and instruction from London to this place Amsterdam has depended on Mr. Nicholson, who is a capital naturalist and most amiable man. He knows most of the Directors of the parks and gardens and introduced us to them. He leaves, I am sorry to say, tomorrow, June 26th, for home near London. BERLIN - June 27th [25th] From Amsterdam to Berlin, Nearly one continuous green fertile level all the way and about 400 miles (?). Patches of ling both in Holland and Prussia on sandy common seemingly too barren for cultivation. Little in Holland, mostly dunes. More in Prussia, but mostly planted with pines pitifully small. Near the boundary are beautiful hills bounding
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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