[Florence—Sunday, 22 January 1860]

Sunday 22d Such a lovely day as it was. The sun was so bright and warm that the shade of those laurels, hedges and tall trees in the Boboli Gardens was truly refreshing. We walked about among these exquisite promenades till the afternoon when we drove to Bellosguardo. We went to the house where Galileo lived 15 years. Such a view! I believe it will always linger in my memory. Stumbling about to find Hawthorne’s tower we called at the Alexander’s. Truly an artist’s home. The good hearted people seemed pleased with our call. Afterward we went to the top of Hawthorne’s house and saw the sun set. A new miracle of beauty.

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