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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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town, which appears to me to be well built and
situated. The public buildings are the largest and
the most ornamented of any in the town. But
everything, both within and without, testifies of
affluence and prosperity. About noon I took leave
of my friends at Hartford and promised to come
back.

It was rather late when we reached Worcester,
where we had an invitation from the mayor, who
in the evening kept open house in our honor. As
soon, therefore, as we had arrived, we were
obliged to dress and attend a grand party. As
there was a great gathering in the town of the
school-teachers of the district, of both sexes, the
house was so crowded that we could scarcely move
in the rooms, and my host himself did not know
the names of many persons whom he presented to
me. But it was all the same to me, because it is
very seldom that those foreign names are fixed in
my memory; and kind people are all alike welcome
to a friendly handshake with me. We were
received, also, with beautiful and cordial songs of
welcome and with gifts of flowers from handsome
girls and young men. Among the guests in the
company was the celebrated blacksmith and linguist,
Elihu Burritt, a very tall and strong-limbed
man, with an unusually lofty forehead, large,
beautiful eyes, and predominatingly handsome and

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