W1327 TO C.B. MCQUESTEN FROM J.H. WHITTEMORE
Oct 19 1871
To: C.B. McQuesten
From: Dresden Germany
My dear Mac
Your letter of the 3rd was found on my table when I went up to bed last night. Since we left London we have been up the Rhine, stopping at Brussells, Cologne & Heidelberg, then to Basle and to Interlaken where we spent several days. I met Dr & Mrs Tyler at this place. We enjoyed Switzerland very much, it is the most beautiful country we have been in. While at Interlaken we ascended & crossed the [werpem??] alp taking our dinner at a hotel on the summit some eight thousand feet- above the level of the sea. While making the climb the jumptrain was directly before us. We heard several and saw two avalanche. The mountain sides are covered with little chalets occupied in summer by the peasants. The steep scenery we see in our theater gives very good idea of the country. We went from [Werpen??] alp to Grindelwald where we spent the night, the next morn to the glacier of Grindelwald. We penetrated into it two hundred feet- a cool place with ice all around. We then returned to Interlaken and the next day went across the Lake of Thun to Bern where we visisted its bears, towers clock etc. The next morn by rail to Geneva through a most beautiful country, we came in light of the lake of Geneva suddenly & a most picturesque sight it was the railway in high up on the hillside amid vineyards and the beautiful blue water with its picturesque borders far below we remained at Geneva a week visiting from there Chamonix at the foot of Mt. Blanc. We had three beautiful days there & saw the Mts in all their bright, cold magnificence. We ascended Montannent on mules to the Mer de Glace, which we crossed on foot: down the [Mavvons??] Pass to the Chalet, then over loose stones & dirt to the valley below, we rode three miles on the mules and walked nine, I am glad to have been gone, went & done it, but I am satisfied. I had no adequate idea of glaciers before. The road from Geneva to Chamornix is as good as any in Central Park and for the last fifteen miles is dug in solid rock in the mountain side. Dr Moody with some friends left me at G. on our return from Mt. Blanc & came directly here. While I went to Paris with Dr & Mrs Tyler. Paris is the most beautiful city I have ever seen and I would like to have remained there through the winter. They are fast removing the lesser traces of the conflict- the [conflict??] cannot even be wholly effaced. St. Cloud is all destroyed, I never saw such a ruin. Versailles is a delightful spot, not harmed. All the worst ruin was done by the French in the communist strapple. The city is very great & orderly, more so then any other city I have ever been in. I left Paris one week ago on monday direct for this place now Leipe Aux La Chappelle, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hanover & Leipsie a ride of forty hours. I found Moody in the family of the American Rector but he has left & goes with me into a German family where we pay our bourd, tuition & everything but washing for about forty-dollars each. Moody, here & still is suffering very much from rheumatism but has to keep about. We expect to work hard as the landscape is quite a different thing to conquer we shall remain here some three or four months then to [Dresden??] or Berlin for medicine. I have given you a brief outline of what we have done and at some future time will give more detail as we shall not have as much to write about in the next few weeks and more time to do it in. We have enjoyed everything and have had the finest of weather. Dresden is a very pleasant place on a west plain on the Elbe. There is a fine theatre & opera here, and I am sorry for as many Americans but we have accommodations in a remote part of the town from them. I met here at the hotel a Misf [Hikehevek??] from this who was at Prof Hubbords when we were in H. and we had quite a nice time. She spends the winter in [Lufsie??]. She writed[sic] me to come & see her, we exchanged cards &c How is that? I wonder what Bart would say? I am glad to hear that you have been to Canada. I hope you left your father's people all well. Poor Mrs Coxbum I am quite sorry for her, and I hope she will take your advice. I have been quite interested in the developments in the Ring and hope good will come of it. I hope Ruppermen will get his [dress/dues??]. I don't know what Mrs Gobon & you mean about my marrying.
I have met very many pleasant English people since I landed I find them very cordial & friendly more quiet then blustering Shaddy and after they have travelled and learned that the little island is not all of the world will be a more delightful people to meet. The effect of the Washington Treaty is quite apparent.
Moody sends his kindest & will write soon direct-care of H.W. Bassange & Co Dresden for the next 3 months
yours sincerely Whit