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Text for Page 193 [09-04-1858]

and Patten were there also, with the husband of the
former.  A dismally rainy morning.   Aboard for half
an hour during which time Martin appeared.  General
good byes and the vessel steamed off.  Saw Cyrus Field
the man of the Ocean Telgraph, he being there to see some-
body off.   A tallish, spare, keen looking, fair-haired
individual with a strongly characteristic American face
� such a one as a caricaturist might easily exaggerate into
the type-countenance of Brother Jonathan.  Altogether a
handsome face.   He had white pants and an umbrella,
and stood in the rain beside me watching the vessel move
out.         Called at Pounden�s store.    Return up town,
damp and dirty and tired out.          Rain all day and a
perfect storm of it at night.                          There�s a very
general expression of regret and regard at Mrs Church�s
departure, in which I share.    She is just the truest lady
and best bred woman I have ever encountered.  She comes
of good stock, her father being a Kentucky gentleman of
birth and breeding, once U.S. Counsul to some town (I think
Marseilles) in France � though that wouldn�t necessarily
arrogate any superiority in the social scale � and as I
judge by her description a man of singularly honorable,
kindly and refined nature � one of a class that did ex-
ist in this country in the last generation.   Her mother
was an Englishwoman and very handsome if her minia-
ture may be trusted.     Mrs Church herself was born in
Paris.    The family evidently moved in the best society,
many of the celebrated persons of the epoch being known
to it.    Mr Church lived in Paris with Washington Irving,               
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