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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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luxuriance in the outward life of Nature, to which
I had hitherto been a stranger! . . .

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Rose Cottage, Brooklyn, August 23. And
Jenny Lind is actually on her way to America!
A terrific welcome awaits her; she will be lucky
if she escapes with her life! The fame of her
beneficence and her fine disposition, still more
than that of her powers as a singer, have opened
all hearts and all arms to her, and an angel from
heaven is not as perfect as people imagine Jenny
Lind to be, and would not be half so welcome.
The Americans are born enthusiasts, and I would
be the last to reproach them for it. No human
being, and no nation either, can ever become anything
great, if they are not possessed of that overflowing
power which finds its vent in enthusiasm.
The critical disposition belongs to old people or
to little people.

I have found Marcus and Rebecca Spring, and
many of my friends, greatly distressed by the
new law respecting fugitive slaves, which has
annihilated all security for these unfortunates in the
United States. Already slave-catchers from the
South are in active operation, and thousands of
slaves have now left their homes in these Northern
States and have fled to Canada or across the sea
to England. Just lately an escaped slave was

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