Published simultaneously in Swedish as Hemmen i den nya verlden. The descriptions for letters below are Wikisource translations from the table of contents for the French edition of the book which in turn are translations from descriptions in the Swedish edition. Beginning with the second volume (Letter XVIII and later), translations of the Swedish descriptions may also be found in the German edition of the book. In Letter XXI, the discussion of John Bull and his brother Jonathan (a comparison of cultural traits in England and the United States) is completely omitted: it appears as deleted text in the description below.
1906279The Homes of the New WorldFredrika BremerMary Howitt1853
At sea. Steamer “Canada.” Divine service on board. Eating and drinking. Society, acquaintances. Stormy nights. Hymns. Arrival in Halifax. Leaving that city for New York. Beauty of the ocean. Pursuit of a bird.
Arrival at New York; “fireworks.” Astor House. Reception. Mr. Downing. Greenwood cemetery. Soirée at the house of Miss Lynch. Floating on the Hudson. Mr. Downing's villa. Character of his home. Domestic life.
Morning wedding. Social life on the banks of the Hudson. Meals. Beauty of nature. Brilliant foliage of the woods. Happiest hours. Reading American poets: Bryant, Lowell, Emerson. Character of their poetry. Miss C. Sedgwick. Excursions. Indian Summer. Blithewood visit. Katskill mountains. Family party. Bergfalk's visit. Lowell's poem “Prometheus.” Emerson's “Give all to love.” Acquaintance with Mr. and Mrs. S. (Spring). Society and conversation at the Downings'. Morning scenes on the Hudson. Families. Life on the banks of the Hudson. Fulton's first experiment. Hudson River.
Arrival at Brooklyn. Rose Cottage. Impression of life in the New World. A brief look back at the days spent on the banks of the Hudson. Short trips with the Downings. Silent conversations. Visit with the Hamilton family. Washington Irving. Beautiful evenings. Last evening spent at the Downings'. Romantic scenes and impressions. Getting to Mr. Putnam's villa. Staten Island. The golden forest. Fatiguing days in New York. Mrs. S. (Skyler). Visits to schools and institutions. Ward's Island. Emigrant's Asylum. Mr. Colden. Home for the restoration of fallen women. The Elysian Fields. Return to Rose Cottage. Marcus and Rebecca, their children and their hearth. Life of young people in America. Variable climate. H. W. Channing. Making travel plans with my new friends.
Getting to the North American Phalanstery. First impression of this establishment. Worker bands. Walks and conversations. Idea of the Phalanstery association, its requirements and its condition. Collegial women. Handsome young people. Objections to this establishment, its weak points, its good points, its noble objective. Inner life. H. W. Channing and his friends. Visiting Miss Lynch in New York. Lessons printed by Channing. The Rutger Institution. Young women authors. Premature publication. Life of society. Questions. Bloomingdale. M. L. Invigorating life. A large-minded sermon. Dinners in New York. Anne Lynch. An evening gathering. The opera. Discourse of H. James on Christian socialism. Channing's opposition.
Last days in New York. Second discourse improvised by H. W. Channing. Evening gathering. Departure for Connecticut and Massachusetts. Arrival at Hartford. Mrs. Sigourney. Party in Worcester. Elihu Burrit and peace. Small rural interiors. Uxbridge. A cold night. Bright Nordic morning. Thanksgiving festival. Outing to Hopedale. Patriarch Adin Ballou. The objective of the Hopedale Community. Preacher Parker. Trip to Concord. Visit to Waldo Emerson's residence. Elizabeth H. The morning's agenda. The small homes of New England. Socialist gathering in the evening at Boston. P. S.—A retrospective glimpse of Emerson.
Acquaintances in Boston. Alcott, M. Barnard, H. Longfellow, J. R. Lowell, Garrison and others. Ellen and William Kraft, fugitive slaves. Charles Sumner and Wendel Phillips. The theater. Miss Cushmann as an actress and a private person. Days of joyous life. A sad interruption. Good news. A concert: Beethoven's 4th symphony. Mr. Parker's sermon: conversation. Trip to Cambridge. The poet Lowell, his wife, his internals. The murder of Professor Parkman. The Cambridge library, its Swedish collection. Life in society. Longfellow's internals. A Bee. Solitary stroll. Christmas Eve. Decorations in New England houses. The poet Whittier. Character of Cambridge.
Poor health. Physician. Allopathy and homœopathy. A visit to Emerson in Concord. Individuality of W. Emerson. His writings. Extracts from them: on self-confidence; on friendship. The transcendentalists of New England. Miss Margaret Fuller. I meet Marcus S. (Spring) in Boston. Conversation with Alcott. His school, his goal. Mrs. B. (Bryant) and fashionable society. Another fashionable society, the “money-stamp,” fashionable people, a new aristocracy. Philanthropist and professor How. Laura Bridgeman.
Fresh feelings; joyful thoughts. The Pilgrims. The “Mayflower.” The first Puritan colony in North America: its history, its heroic courage, its struggle, its development, its influence on the people and form of government in the states of North America. The New Englander's goal in life. The ideals of American society. The American family. The role of women. The development of society. An anti-slavery meeting. Negro eloquence. A woman orator. Mr. Quincy. Mr. W. Phillips. A visit to the States-House of Boston. American orators. A sledge-drive; giant sledges. The atmosphere of America is different to that of Europe; its operation on the mind and body. Lectures on Shakspeare by Mrs. Kemble. Different classes of connoisseurs. Vocal peculiarities. Nathaniel Hawthorn. “The Great Stone Face.” Lady novelists and poets. Some sore points. Visit to a manufactory of Lowell. The sailors' preacher. The principal sects of America: Trinitarians and Unitarians. Dr. Ellery Channing: his character, his life, and his death. Conversation with W. Emerson. Stoicism and Christianity. My physician. Mrs. Kemble.
New York. The state of health in the northern states. A glimpse back at Boston. Several “conversations.” Great interest. W. Emerson. Fanny Kemble and Laura Bridgeman. Goodbye to the state of the Pilgrims. Return to Rose Cottage. Mr. Beecher the preacher. Churches, rituals, hymns and prayers in North America, in Sweden. Jean Paul's proposal. Travel plans. The great West. Mrs. Kirkland. What a Yankee is. The young Yankee and the Emperor Nicholas. Henry Clay, statesman. Little vexations. Domestic welfare. Visit to the Female Academy at Brooklyn. Influence of the school on women's character. A glimpse at public affairs and the current great battle in the United States. News of Jenny Lind's expected arrival. Cold. Departure for the South.
Charleston. South Carolina. Still cold, but everywhere verdant flowers and trees. The change in temperature during the sea voyage between New York and Charleston. Initial impression of Charleston. Slaves and slavery. Resolution relative to the question of slavery. Mrs. Howland.
South Carolina. Beauty of the air, flowers, and forests. The live-oak. The magnolia. The mockingbird, the nightingale of America. Ravishing impressions. I enjoy life. Pleasant acquaintances. Mrs. Holbrook. A day at Belmont. A picnic on Sullivan's Island. Mr. and Mrs. Gilman. Marriage ceremony in a church. Conversation on slavery. House slaves. Unexpected moral blindness. Influence of the institution of slavery on the whites. Mrs. Howland's household and family life. Bounteous meals. Pleasant evenings. Seminole Indian chief. Casa Bianca on the banks of the Pee Dee. Mr. and Mrs. Poinsett. Handsome gardens. Wealth of America in plants and trees. Evening conversation. Interviewing Negro slaves. Negro preacher. Slave villages. Life and position of slaves in the rice plantations. Fire-flies. Peaceful days. Peaceful message from the inner voice. Itinerary on the Wachamon River. Return to Charleston. Funeral procession of Senator Calhoun from South Carolina.
Religious camp-meetings. Night scenes, thunder, fire-altar, hymns, tempestuous conversions, Negro camps, exaltations. Morning preachers. Popular eloquence. Ease of Negros at understanding the gospels, the joy which it gives them. Influence of the camp-meetings on the blacks. Departure for Savannah and Macon. Deserted surroundings. Joyful youth. Beautiful walk in the morning. Rose-hill Cemetery. Professor Sherbe. Trip to Montpellier. Bishop Eliott. Evening games. Morning prayer. A Christian gentleman.
Savannah. “The greatest autograph-collector in the world.” Different impressions. Abolitionists of the South, and their activities. Georgia's future. First colonization of Georgia. James Oglethorpe. The Negros of Savannah. Black preachers. Bonaventure. Orphan asylum.
Columbia. Traveling back up the Savannah. The primeval forest. Worshippers of cotton. Dissolute young people. Arrival at Augusta. A slave. Visit to plantations. Clay-eaters. Mr. G(roen) and his family. A festival. Negro singing. A slave market. Good slave owners. Thinking in Georgia about slavery. The duty of America to Africa. Titanic antediluvian creatures. Negro marriages. The colonels in the southern states. Solitary rambles. Return to Charleston. Good friends. J. W. Miles' book. South Carolina's aristocratic spirit. Colonization. The position of the slave states with regard to the free states. The particular situation of the southern states. Character of the Negros. Scenes of their life in Charleston. Aristocratic spirit among the Negros. Difficulties of their emancipation. The women in the slave states. Three classes of slave owner. Social life. Divine service of the Negros. Mysteries of Charleston. Goodbye to the South.
Departure from Charleston. Sea voyage. The Spanish on board. Arrival at Philadelphia. Social life and society. Social welfare institutions. Asylums for the insane. Girard College. Philadelphia's penitentiary. The poor house. The Quakers. Quaker women. Lucretia Mott. Swedish church of Philadelphia. The old Swedish colony of Delaware and its current descendants. Benjamin Franklin. Origin of the Quaker sect. George Fox, his life and doctrine. Quaker principles. William Penn. Colonization of Pennsylvania. The aim of the Quaker state. The Quakers and the Puritans. Critique of the Quakers' doctrine. The current influence of the Quaker doctrine. Worldly Quakers. Schisms in Quaker society. A religious service of the orthodox Quakers. Another service with the unitarian Quakers. Lucretia Mott as a preacher. The Declaration of Independence of the United States. Quip of Benjamin Franklin. My living quarters in Philadelphia. Professor Hart. Pleasant acquaintances. A Quaker household. Mary Townsend. The situation of women in teaching. Medical college for women. Philadelphia and vicinity. Departure for Washington. Washington. The Capitol. The Senate. The House of Representatives. An evening at the White House. President Taylor. Vice president Fillmore. Interview with H. Clay. Dorothea Dix, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster as orators. A morning visit with the President. Social life at the hotel. Miss Lynch.
My new quarters in Washington. Important events. President Taylor's death. Installation of Fillmore as his successor. Outside calm and inside turmoil of political life. The Fourth of July. Trip to Mount Vernon. Senator Corvin. Washington and Gustaf Wasa. Washington's will. Washington and his mother. Quarrels at the capitol during the current Congress. Character of the Senate chamber and the House of Representatives. The great apple of contention. Position of the parties involved. Henry Clay's compromise bill. Senators H. Clay, Hall, General Houston, Corvin and Chase, Seward, Berrian, Daniel Webster, General Shield, Douglas, Colonel Benton, Soulé, Dickinson, Foote. Deputies from the Mormonites. This sect and its founder. My family life in Washington. The funeral of President Taylor. The Senate is again in perfect warfare. Interesting aquaintances: Professor Henry, Mr. Carey, Horace Mann. Pro-Slavery voices in the Capitol. God's law and the Constitution. Daniel Webster's speech. The fate of the compromise bill. Henry Clay fights for it. Battles at the Capitol. Mr. Schoolcraft, curiosities of the North American Indians. Circulation of life in the United States. Instruction of men and women. Divine service with the free Negroes. The “Slave-pen” of Washington. A look at baptism at a Baptist church. Weary members of Congress. Henry Clay's last major speech, energy and admirable talent as a speaker. Retrospective look at Congress and its members. Departure for Maryland. Villa of General S(tewart). near Baltimore. An evening conversation with Miss Dix. Colonization of Maryland. Lord Calvert Baltimore. Convent of the Visitation. Catholicism in the United States. Baltimore. Hannah Hawkins. Temperance movement. The last words of a freed slave. Visiting free Negroes. Resulting impression. Sarah Douglas. Mary Townsend.
On the sea-side. Countryside near Philadelphia. What “high life” should be. Traveling to Cape May. Remembrances of Swedish colonists on the shores of the Delaware. Life at Cape May. The republic of the waves. Feelings and days full of refreshment. Latest work of Örsted. Chronicle of a day: mornings, bathing, dining, evenings, fireworks. Vignettes among the waves. Bathing-dances and dancers; misfortunes. Shipwreck of Marchioness Ossoli (Margaret Fuller). Acquaintances, enjoyments and dangers. An authoress. Departure.
TO THE CONFERENCE-COUNCILLOR H. C. ÖRSTED, COPENHAGEN.
Purpose of this letter. Örsted's latest work. The firmament. The terrestrial globe. Resemblances among laws; light and shadows; the products, joys and suffering of reason; the development of material and spiritual life in the whole universe. Man. The central idea in the universe. Luminous joy. Influence of Scandinavian men of science in the New World. The prompt application of discoveries in the natural sciences. The electric telegraph. Machines which hasten movement. The Patent Office. Institutes founded to foster progress in the natural sciences. The natural world in the Northern States and in the Southern States. North America is the land of experiment. American experiments. Their future. John Bull and his brother Jonathan. North America is a hospitable land for strangers: those of flesh and blood and thoughts and ideas as well.
Letter from home. Rose Cottage. The disappointment of my friends over the new law on fugitive slaves. Boston fermentation. Outcome for the Compromise Bill in Washington. South Carolina's protest against the compromise. Confession and death of the murderer Webster. Cony Island. Life with my friends at the seashore. H. Beecher's sermon and protest against attempts to regulate a pastor's thinking; his position with regard to his parish. Preparation for the trip to the West.
Albany. Trip with Mr. and Mrs. S. (Spring) on the Hudson and to New Lebanon. A look at a Shaker village in the evening. Shaker divine service: their church, their dress, their dancing, their preaching. Brother Evans. After-dinner conversation with the Shakers. Enjoyable talk with Brother Evans. Objective of Shaker society. How it differs from all other ascetic communities. Arrival of the Lowells during the talk. Supper with the Shakers. The women and girls. Unexpected friendliness and cheerfulness. History of the Shakers. Mother Anne Lee. The present situation of the sect in the United States. Departure. Earliest colonization of New York State. Trip to Albany in the west with the Lowells. From Albany to Niagara. A glorious day. The Mohawk valley, the sun, the sunflowers, arrival at Utica. The spirit of Cato in this new republic. A pleasant life in Utica. Journey to Trenton Falls. The Falls' impression. Departure. Apple thieves. Rochester. Its mills. Falls. Handsome shops. Caring residents. “Rochester knockings.” Frederick Douglass. His autobiography, person, and family. Trip along Lake Ontario and arrival at Niagara. The falls' impression, grandeur, specialness. Comparison with Trollhätten. Color of the water. Rainbows. An origin for Niagara. Scenes of life at Niagara.
Chicago (Illinois). Parting with the Lowells at Buffalo. Voyage on Lake Erie. An old pioneer. The character, situation and importance of Lake Erie. I cross Michigan. The appearance, culture and flowers of the countryside. Detroit. Boring and pleasant people, Anne Arbour. Growth, legislation and outlook for Michigan. Farms of the West. The magnificent sun. Arrival at Chicago. Solitude. New, likable friends. Prairies. Festival of light. Impressive sunlit vast countryside. My home in Chicago. Narratives about the Indians. The Indian chief and “the White Lily.” The rejection of Miss Fourlegs. The miserable appearance of Chicago, and delightful residents. Heat; splendor of the sun. Swedes in Chicago and Illinois. The suffering of the first immigrants. The condition of society in this young state.
Watertown (Wisconsin). Morning ramble. Life in the great West. Trip from Chicago to Millewaukee via Lake Michigan. Appearance and life of this state. The Germans of this town. The danger in building houses in Millewaukee. A day spent with the Swedes of Pine Lake. The coming of Swedish immigrants to North America. New Sweden. Trip to Watertown via the diligence. Incredibly bad roads. Madison, capital of Wisconsin. Beautiful situation. Charming household. Trip to the Norwegian colony of Koskonong. Arriving at night. Young Norwegian lady. Morning ramble. Answers of Norwegians to questions about their new situation. The Norwegians are making more out of the West than the Swedes. Why. Chancellor Lathrop. His speech upon installation as chancellor of the new university. The character of discourse in the great West. Temple of the Sun. Blue Mound. Solitude of life on the prairies. Trip to Galena. Unspeakable effect produced by the countryside and grand views on approaching the Mississippi. A small vexation at Waterville. Night travel and arrival at Galena. The Squatters.