From the Hudson to the St. Johns

From the Hudson to the St. Johns

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: a recess--namely, pitching pennies. This diversion proved a great success, especially to Mr. Bishop, who "raked the pool." But just as these resources were becoming exhausted, a wonderful change came over our destinies at Tocoi--a change which seemed magical as that produced by the slipper of Cinderella. A gentleman appeared and very politely invited the whole party to his house. We could scarcely understand the meaning of such a summons, under the circumstances, but it was soon explained that the gentleman was Captain Westcott, late of the U. S. Navy, brother of Dr. Westcott, the President of the St. Augustine Railroad Company, and that the houses of which we had seen glimpses through the trees, were occupied by them. One the gentlemen of the party was acquainted with the Captain and had called on him, which resulted in his courteous invitation. So we walked through the grove to a gate, which admitted us to a well kept garden, enclosing a very plain one story building of boards with a pleasant vine clad porch, and a door hospitably open, in which stood a lady waiting to receive us. The first glance revealed to us an abode of taste and cultivation--an oasis in the desert of Tocoi. The lady was Miss Westcott, the sister of the two gentlemen mentioned, and also of Mr. James D. Westcott, formerly Senator from Florida. The house was that of Dr. Westcott, the President of the road. We were ushered into a room opening upon the piazza, with a fine view of the river through a grove of oaks. It was utterly plain--without a touch of architectural ornament--but in every line and feature was that indescribable air of refinement and taste which marks the dwelling of the cultured woman wherever it may be found. Pictures, piano, books, more

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  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236905199
  • 9781236905192