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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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than ten or twelve dollars per acre. “And who
will give so much for it?” I inquired of Chancellor
Lathrop. “Your countrymen,” he replied quickly.
“Your countrymen, whose sons will be freely educated
at our University.”

I visited in company with Chancellor Lathrop
and his cheerful, intelligent wife, the University
which is in progress of erection, and which will
now soon be finished. It stands upon an elevation,
“College Hill,” as it is called, and commands
an open and extensive view; it is a large building
without any unnecessary pomp of exterior, but
internally it has ample and spacious room. The
many windows struck me, lighted up as they were
by the setting sun. Such, after all, ought the
Temple of the Sun to be on the Western prairies!

Blue Mound, October 8. I now write you from
a little log-house, in the midst of prairie-land,
between Madison and Galena, which serves at the
same time as post-house and a sort of country inn.
I spent nearly the whole of yesterday out in the
prairie, now wandering over it, and gazing over
its infinite extent, which seemed, as it were, to
expand and give wings to body and soul; and now
sitting among sunflowers and asters beside a little
hillock covered with bushes, reading Emerson,
that extraordinary Ariel, refreshing but

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