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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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This movement of astonishment was, however,
transient. Mind soon regained its usual tension;
the Senate adjourned immediately, and to a man
they all poured forth into the city to tell this news
or to hear anything fresh. At the present moment
of party strife, and during the contention which is
now going forward in Congress, and upon the
adjustment of which it is said that the personal
character of General Taylor exercised an important
influence, the news of his condition has made
an immense impression.

At half past ten in the evening the president
died, after having taken a beautiful and affecting
leave of his family.

I spent the 4th of July—that great day in the United
States—at Mount Vernon, where we were
received by a handsome young couple, a kinsman
of the great president, and his wife. They invited
us to cool and rest ourselves, and entertained us
with milk and fruit, which were delicious. Henry
Clay had given us a letter of introduction to them.
The situation of the house on the banks of the
Potomac is unspeakably beautiful; the park, laid
out in the English style, appeared to me extensive,
but, like the buildings, seemed to be somewhat out
of order. A beautiful mausoleum, containing
the bodies of Washington and his wife, stands
in the park; and through the grated iron door

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