Gainesville is rather good-looking – an oasis in the desert compared with other villages. It receives life from the few plantations located about it on dry ground rising island-like a few feet above the swamps. Obtained food and lodging at a sort of tavern. 49th. Dry land nearly all day. Limestone, flint, and coral, shells, etc. Passed several thrifty cotton plantations with comfortable residences contrasting with the squalid levels of my first days in Florida. Found a single specimen of handsome simple little plant, which at once in some mysterious way brought to mind a young friend in Indiana. How wonderfully our thoughts and impressions are stored. [Drawing - eat your hominy] Away in the cells of the mind, and how strangely things that we know are connected with things that we do not know. There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation’s braggart Lord.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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