The parks and gardens of Sans Souci are the finest we have yet seen, and the palace is most interesting, used only in summer. The old winter palace less so, speaks loudly of war in statuary. Swarms of visitors, weather rather warm, returned by rail. June 29th. A.M. Have been out seeing part of town by carriage - the Emperor, Palace, Humboldts statues, Alex and William; many grand government buildings and churches. The business buildings and newer residences are like those of American cities. Then took car to Charlottenburg - fine park, many ponds full of lilies white and red and yellow. The white like ours indigenous, the red (var.) From Sweden. Now 3:30 P.M. Going to call on Mr. Bolle. Meet then Mr. Booth and 3 other botanists and gardeners who could speak but little English. Had nice refreshments. While bidding good-bye, Mr. Bolle in kindest way conceivable bade me remember that he was henceforth my friend. Took train at 11 P.M. for Petersburg. 2 persons in each small compartment 4 or 5 feet wide, road not very smooth. June 30th. At boundary near Eydenburg. Changed cars after examination of Passports and baggage. Russian train better, road smoother, soon ran into country of natural forests of spruce, birch and pine of Narnay [illegible],
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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