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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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admiration and love—sorrowing for that which it now is not,
and hoping again to return.

Philadelphia, June 23. I was met at
Philadelphia by the polite Professor Hart, who took me
to his house; and there I have been ever since,
and there I am still, occupied, both soul and body,
by social life and company, and by a great deal
which is interesting, although laborious.

The Quakers—the Friends, as they are commonly
called—are especially kind to me, take me
by the hand, call me Fredrika, and address me with
thou, or, rather, thee, and convey me in easy
carriages, to see all that is remarkable and beautiful
as well in the city as out of it. And what large and
excellent institutions there are here for the public
good! The heart is enlarged by the contemplation
of them and by the manner in which they
are maintained.

I could not help weeping tears of joy when
I visited, the other day, the great Philadelphia
lunatic asylum—so grand, so noble appeared the
human heart to me there, the work and the tenderness
of which seemed to present itself in everything.
The asylum is situated in large and beautiful
grounds, in which are shady alleys, seats, and
flower-gardens. The whole demesne is surrounded
by a wall, so managed as to be concealed

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