City of Magnificent Distances and of innumerable and interminable perorations and definitions of positions.
I intended to stay for a time in Washington; but ran through it, like Christian out of Vanity Fair, praying to be delivered from the flocks of temptations, which hover, like ghouls, in and around the executive mansion and the capitol of our republic.
Sail to Alexandria.
Having thus, with expeditious virtue, resisted all offers of official position, I entered the ferry boat — George Page, by name — which plies between the capital and the city of Alexandria.
It rained heavily and incessantly all the forenoon.
Alexandria is ten miles from Washington by water, but I saw very little of the scenery.
What I did see was in striking contrast to the banks of the Delaware.
Freedom has adorned the Delaware's sides with beautiful villas, and splendid mansions, surrounded by gardens and fields, carefully and scientifically cultivated; while slavery, where the national funds have n
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