the white ones which drew the Empress’ carriage. Thence to the Government Library, one of the greatest in the world. Returned to hotel tired out and glad we leave tomorrow morning for Sebastopol. July 8th. Left Petersburg this A.M. at 9:30 in pouring rain. Glad to escape from huge semi-dismal old town of huge yellow public buildings, war monuments, barbaric colored church and cathedrals, and palaces full or armor, jewelry and some fine paintings. We have pleasant compartment, road very smooth and direct as far as Moscow, the famous direct road of Nickolas built by the Winans. Natural woods all the way to 12 miles. An interesting little white pondlily in pools and ditches along line N. pygmea (?) Pods 3 or 4 inches diameter, flowers ½ inch to inch. Beginning to fair up. “The mountains” dividing the Volga waters from the streams which flow to Baltic are: Arrived at Moscow at 9:30, made a stop of an hour or more. The ground is drier as Moscow is approached,
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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