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Text for Page 036 [08-02-1853]

              overpowered.  /           We remained in the building all day,
taking a substitute for dinner in the refreshment room, in the
shape of cold ham, soda-water and Ice-creams.     The suits of
antique armour from the Tower don�t appear to advantage,
being perched up on brackets by the gulleries, � dwarfing them
considerably.              Thorwaldsens   Savior and the Twelve Apostles,
(Paul being substituted for Judas, by the by.       These figures,
larger than life, are grandly beautiful, Peter�s head particu-
larly fine, and John�s divine.          But I question the propriety
of making the Savior some three feet or so higher than the rest.
  It appears like the acknowledgment that the Sculptor could
not represent the divine superiority bit by a vulgar physical
standard.         It dwarfs the two apostles nighest him, also.)
The Galleries have many attractions.   Much porcelain, statuettes
bijoutrie, and fancy works there.   And many places yet unfilled.
I can scarcely touch on a hundredth part of the things note worthy,
but must expend mayy [many] a 50 cent piece, ere I exhaust the Crystal
Palace of New York.      �Tis a proud thing to think, that
of all that is beautiful to see, ingenious in plan and use, each
seperate item was once a filmy idea floating in some projector�s
brain.     There is is, the true soul of all, Mans wit, skill,
and labor.      /          The effect of the building, seem from the galleries
circling the dome is very beautiful, bright red and blue colours,
the glass walls, and multitudinous objects around produce a
scene excelling aught conceivable in the Bazaar way.
  Left by 5, and Mr Hart & I rode back, Dillon &
the little girl tarrying to ascend the Lattneg tower adjacent               
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