Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions

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CHAPTER XXX
The Greenbriar Country-- The Virginia Springs

There is extreme beauty in the Ohio River. As may be supposed, where the rise and fall are so great the banks are very steep; and, now that the water is low, it appears deeply embedded in the wild forest scenery through which it flows. The whole stream is alive with small fresh-water turtle, who play on the surface of its clear water; while the most beautiful varieties of the butterfly tribe cross over from one side to the other, from the slave states to the free --their liberty, at all events, not being interfered with as, on the free side, it would be thought absurd to catch what would not produce a cent, while, on the slaves', their idleness and their indifference to them are their security.

Set off, one of nine, in a stagecoach, for the Blue Sulphur Springs. The country, which is very picturesque, has been already described. It is one continuation of rising ground, through mountains covered with trees and verdure. Nature is excessively fond of drapery in America: I have never yet fallen in with a naked rock. She clothes everything; and although you may occasionally meet with a slight nudity, it is no more than the exposure of the neck or the

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