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excursions there several times - We are now but three American in Dusseldorf. One lodges with me, is from Cincinnati, will probably be in America in a year from this time and go to Maine, on a sketching tour - I have promised him great delight in the pretty girls there - Remember me to all such that may be remaining as I know, or as have any interest in me, which at the present time must be precious few. My love to Margie, from whom a plaintive regret has reached me of my apparent forgetfulness, and also to Pauline who was a little thing as I left the shores of Kennebec - The only one spoken of personally is [[3 stamps]] Br Packet Boston P. Dusseldorf 24 10-11 [[/3 stamps]] Miss Charlotte Child Augusta Maine New England United States [[?]] Hartwell, whom Hannah mentions somewhat unfeelingly as she evidently considers her in the light of a former flame, and says she did not even inquire for me the last time she met her - I could have wished it otherwise, but nonetheless send my cordial regards and shall think very hard of Loisa if she dont write a note to be enclosed in your next letter. I hope Hannah will not feel slighted in my addressing this to you, which by rights I believe is your due, and whereby she will get the next - tho. I consider her bound at the same time to answer it as well as yourself, and that as soon as possible - Remember me to Jo Ellies who promised to write, or else I promised to write him, and if he is not yet married I should be delighted if he would fulfil it, also to Chas. Lambard, Hen Selden and such other of the boys as are still there - Please tell me who is courting Hannah, and tell Hannah to please tell me who is courting you - If you dont find this letter as entertaining as you expected I cant possibly help it, tho. such a result will be quite what I expected - Write very soon and tell me all about it and believe me in the meantime, very sincerely yours, Eastman Johnson 101 Allee Strasse, Düsseldorf, Prussia. [[center fold]] Dusseldorf is a beautiful town with gardens and immense groves, the chief one opposite our house, and I am impatient for the next pleasant month of April when they will be filled with nightingales who make them peal with one continuous strain of their sweet music night and day, but increasing with the darkness, and still louder and louder as the dawn approaches- [[/center fold]] and bearing heavy burthens on the head must always have the effect, to render them stupid, ungraceful, and unfeminine. In the cultivation of the grape especially the labour is often excessively hard- The finest grow on the banks of the Rhine where the course of the river for a great way admits on one side of a southern aspect, rising abruptly and often to a great height the favorable quality and position of the soil is too precious to be lost and every inch is tended in improved with the greatest care. Here the women and the girls may be seen descending the steep and rocky declivity where it looks almost impossible to climb, with a brimming tub balanced on their heads, as severe a labour as could possibly be. Also great quantity of earth is carried up to add to the depth of soil in some sunny crevice. You have read I dare say many tours upon the Rhine, and it is not at all worthwhile for me to give you a journal of mine. I saw all its castles and ruins, sketched many and enjoyed my rambles among them, ancient monuments of another time and another people to the very fullest degree- I spent five or six days at Heidelberg where is the most magnificent of them all. While crouched at work on my sketching stool one day three Bostonians whom I had met at home accosted me, one, the son of Dana the poet, the only Americans I met during my absence. We talked over America from one end to the other - Directly in the vicinity of Dusseldorf are none of the attractions in point of scenery peculiar to the Rhine above here. On the opposite side of the river, the country is entirely flat and uninteresting. On this side, however, at an hours walk, it rises into hills and forms some picturesque views - Here the people resort in great numbers every Sunday to stroll in the forests eat and drink of the cheer that is afforded there and indulge their propensity of coming together, for they do not, like us, seek their walks in retired places and where fewest are to be met, but where they can see the greatest numbers - The germans are essentially gregarious, with none of the cold shyness of one another that with out people almost forbids the exchange of necessary civility till doubts and suspicions are removed by the ceremony of a formal introduction - When they find themselves together their only natural impulse is to talk together, and to make themselves quite as comfortable and happy as the circumstances will admit whether they have ever seen one another before in
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