[Cambridge—Friday, 11 June 1869]
Friday. Saw Cambridge through the kindness of Mr. Wright who showed us the mask of Newton’s face and told us that Tennyson took his “broad browed Verulam” from the bust in the library. We saw Milton and Wordsworth’s haunts and much that moved us sincerely. Coming to Peterboro’ by the afternoon train we had three hours in that old town to see the Cathedral. We were deeply impressed by it and sat in the nave while the service was performed. The Norman arches and the beauty of simplicity in the Cathedral made us think it more severely beautiful than York. We came to York Friday night.