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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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imprisoned fire. There was talent, power, clearness,
light. Yet for all that the warmth of inspiration
was wanting. I am, in the meantime, glad to
have heard a female speaker, perfect in her way.
The room was quite full, and she was listened to
with evident admiration. . . .

Washington, July 1. I felt a little thrill of joy
when, in the evening of yesterday, I beheld from
the top of the Capitol of the United States
the glorious panorama of the surrounding country,
through which wound the Potomac River, the whole
lighted up by the golden light of evening; it
was a magnificent sight. The situation of the
Senate House, its environs, and the views from it
are certainly the most beautiful that can be
met with.

The following day I visited the Senate
House and the House of Representatives. The
day was beautiful; the United States banner with
its thirty-three stars, a star for each state, waved
from the top of the Capitol, as is customary while
Congress is sitting. It looked quite festal. The
Senators sat in a large rotunda, well lighted by
lofty windows, occupying one half of the room,
and produced altogether a good and impressive
effect. The greater number of these gentlemen
were of noble form, with a somewhat peculiar

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