Roman Spring: Memoirs

By Mrs. Winthrop Chanler | Go to book overview

XI
AMERICANA

WE recrossed the continent in the late spring and spent the rest of the summer paying visits. We stayed in country houses, with parks and gardens that have now become city lots, in the neighborhood of Boston; with kind, very refined old ladies in lace caps and black silk dresses, who had been girlhood friends of my mother's. Their houses smelt of lavender and straw matting, and I called them "Aunt this and that."

The poet Longfellow invited us to dine with him in Cambridge; he had been an old intimate of the family. He was a charming old gentleman and received us with affectionate cordiality. He was short, but his abundant white hair and beard, and fine gray eyes, gave him a look of poetical dignity. He talked with my mother of old times, and, with me, of Rome and Dante and the things I was hungering for, and gave us a delightful evening in his handsome old house. It had been Washington's Headquarters during the Revolutionary War and was, as I remember, well furnished, with fine old mahogany and family portraits; it had a look of good tradition and well- ordered comfort. As a little girl I had loved his poems, and used to learn them by heart while my nurse was

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • I - Roman Childhood 3
  • II - Palazzo Odescalchi 12
  • III - Villeggiatura 24
  • IV - Theatricals and Weddings 31
  • V - West Prussia in the Seventies 41
  • VI - Florence and Free Thought 56
  • VII - Enter Music 71
  • VIII - Americans in Rome 87
  • IX - The Western World 94
  • X - Californian Exile 104
  • XI - Americana 111
  • XII - Return to Italy 120
  • XIII - Sorrento 150
  • XIV - A Gay Cousin 159
  • XV - Roman Festivities 170
  • XVI - Vita Nuova on Hudson 180
  • XVII - Lodge and Roosevelt 191
  • XVIII - Washington Friends 204
  • XIX - Rome Revisited 214
  • XX - New York Society 230
  • XXI - New York's Compensations 250
  • XXII - Tuxedo Park 260
  • II - Ave Roma 270
  • XXIV - The Spanish War 284
  • XXV - Friendship of Henry Adams 291
  • XXVI - Tyrolese Summers 309
  • Index 315
  • Index 317
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