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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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forth gloomy and magnificent amid the brilliant
forests. With every bend of the river new and
astonishing prospects present themselves. I
contemplate them, read Emerson’s Essays, and live as
at a festival. We approach the commencement
of two towns on the shore of Iowa, Gottenborg—a
descendant, as I imagine, of our Göteborg—and

Oct. 29, 1850, at Galena. The newspapers of
the West are making themselves merry over the
rapturous reception which the people of New York
have given Jenny Lind. In one newspaper article
I read: “Our correspondent has been fortunate
enough to hear Jenny Lind—sneeze. The first
sneezing was a mezzotinto soprano, etc. etc;” here
follow many absurd musical and art terms; “the
second was, etc., etc.;” here follow the same; “the
third he did not hear, as he fainted.” I can
promise the good Western people that they will
become as insane with rapture as their brethren of
the East, if Jenny Lind should come hither. They
now talk like the fox about the grapes, but with
better temper. One of the inhabitants of St.
Paul, who had been at New York, returned there
before I left. He had some business with Governor
Ramsay, but his first words to this gentleman
were, “Governor! I have heard Jenny Lind!”

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