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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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reflection, want of observation of themselves and others,
a boastful spirit, and so on. And how free from
these failings, and how critically alive to them are
the best people in this country! America’s best
judges and censors of her own manners are the
Americans themselves.

March 5. (Speaking of Boston.) I long for
the South and for a milder air. I am not very
fond of the climate of Massachusetts. Yet I have
to thank that state for some glorious spring days
during the winter, for its beautiful blue, beaming
sky, for its magnificent elms, in the long, sweeping
branches of which the oriole builds in full security
its little nest, which sways in the wind; I thank it
for its rural homes, where the fear of God, industry,
family affections, and purity of life have their
home. Its educational system has my esteem, and
many excellent people have my love. To the good
city of Boston I give my blessing, and I am glad
to be leaving it—for the present; but hope to
return, because I must again see my friends there
when the elm-trees are in leaf; above all, my
good doctor and the young Lowells. We have
agreed to meet next summer. We shall together
visit Niagara, which Maria Lowell has never
seen.

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