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. 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. 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.