By Frederick Law Olmsted

ISBN-10: 110800444X

ISBN-13: 9781108004442

Frederick legislation Olmsted (1822-1903) used to be a journalist and panorama dressmaker who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most renowned success was once important Park in long island, of which he turned the superintendent in 1857, yet he additionally labored at the layout of parks in lots of different burgeoning American towns, and used to be known as by way of Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the United States has but produced'. His A trip within the Seaboard Slave States used to be initially released in 1856, and arose from trips within the south which Olmsted, a passionate abolitionist, had undertaken in 1853-4. This version used to be released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical cartoon by way of his son and an advent by means of William P. Trent. It abounds in interesting and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and reviews in a society which was once at the verge of overwhelming swap.

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I wish he had more clerks, so that they would have time to be as polite to an unknown man as I see they are to John P. Hale; and, at least, answer civil questions, when his guests ask them. I don't like Inns and Outs of Washington 3 such a fearful rush of business as there is down stairs. I wish there were men enough to do the work quietly. I don't like these cracked and variegated walls; and, though the roof may be tight, I don't like this threatening aspect of the ceiling. It should be kept for people of Damoclesian ambition: I am humble.

C. confirms the conclusions I have arrived at in the climate of New York; namely, that ridges are best dispensed with, and that it is better to sow in the latter part of July than in June, as has been generally recommended in our books and periodicals. I,ast year, turnips sown on the 20th July were larger and finer than others, sown on the same ground, on my farm, about the first of the month. This year I sowed in August, and, by forcing with superphosphate—home manufactured— and guano, obtained a fine crop; but the season was unusually favorable.

John H. Olmsted had an editorial share. Upon this condensation, and upon the Introduction xxix first volume of the series, Mr. Morley, in a footnote to vol. , p. 70, of his Life of Gladstone, bestowed the high praise that follows: • • • the reader who cares to understand the American Civil War should turn to F. L. " In these words we have not only the broad view of the world with regard to the value of Mr. Olmsted's books set over against the parochial, polemic view of Mr. De Bow, but also the reason why the first and most interesting of these descriptive works is now, after nearly half a century, given to the public in a new and convenient form.

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