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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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Later. We were bent on having fresh fish for
breakfast, and therefore our captain let a couple
of negroes row out in a boat nearer to the shore,
and throw out a couple of nets, which were thrown
out and taken in again at once, and in ten minutes
we were breakfasting on a most delicious fish,
which resembled flounders in taste. No fishermen
as yet dwell on these banks, and the river
swarms with life.

Richmond, June 16. Usch! what a sermon!
Just the sermon, if such were the only means of
divine knowledge, to make people either atheists
or numskulls. It made me impatient and angry.
The young preacher emptied with great self-complacency
the vials of wrath, full of threatenings
and penal judgments, into the contents of his
Calvinistic sermon of wrath against the sinners
who—were nowhere in the church, if I could judge
from appearance. The church was thinly attended,
and many people slept. A couple of very well-fed
and well-dressed elderly gentlemen, who sat
on a bench before me, took out their watches every
now and then to see how the time went on, if it
were near dinner-time, I presume; they were
apparently not thinking about the last judgment,
although the young preacher was thundering about
it and its advance upon a godless generation.

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