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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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having the carriage smashed to pieces. However,
all went well. We reached the steamboat in time,
and had a beautiful sail upon the calm waters of
the extensive bay, where large and small steamers
incessantly pass and wind their way among the
sailing craft. What life!—

Now a word about my new friends, Marcus and
Rebecca Spring of Rose Cottage in quiet Brooklyn.
They are very unusual people; they have something
about them remarkably simple and humane,
serene and beautiful, which seems to me of angelic
purity. They have been, and are, indescribably
kind to me. Marcus is what is called a self-made
man. But I rather suspect that our Lord himself
was of his kind, both in heart and head. His
countenance reminds me of Sterne’s expression about a
face—“it resembles a blessing.” His wife, Rebecca,
comes of the race of Quakers, and has something
about her of that quiet, inward light, and that
reflectiveness which, it is said, belongs to this sect.
Besides, she has much talent and wit, and it is
especially agreeable to hear her converse. Her
exterior is pleasing without being beautiful; her
mouth remarkably fresh and cheerful, and her
figure classically graceful. Both husband and wife
are true patriots and warm friends of humanity,
loving the ideal in life, and living for it. They
are people of affluence, and are able to do much

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