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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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Madison, October 6. I have just returned from
church. The minister preached a sermon strongly
condemnatory of the gentlemen of the West. All
his hope was in the ladies, and he commended their
activity in the Western country. To this not very
reasonable and not very judicious sermon succeeded
the Lord’s Supper, silent, holy, sanctifying,
pouring its gracious wine into the weak, faulty,
male communicants with the word—not the word of man;
with power—not the power of man.

October 7. I had heard of a flourishing
Norwegian settlement, in a district called
Koshkonong, about twenty miles from Madison, and
having expressed a wish to visit it, a kind young
lady, Mrs. C., offered to drive me there with her
carriage and horses.

The next day we set off in a little open carriage,
with a Norwegian lad as driver. The weather
was mild and sunny, and the carriage rolled lightly
along the country, which is here hilly, and, having
a solid surface, makes naturally good roads. The
whole of the first part of the way lay through new
and mostly wild, uncultivated land, but which
everywhere resembled an English park, with
grassy hills and vales, the grass waving tall and
yellow, and scattered with oak wood. The trees
were not lofty, and the greensward under them as

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