Friday, March 12, 2010

08Dec1871, A Coffee Plantation

CRAIGTON, Friday, December 8th, 1871.
Capt. L. rode with us to Middleton, a coffee plantation of the Duke of Buckingham's, and we saw the clean, pleasant process of preparing the berry. Strings of ladies with attendant gentlemen were going goose-file down the precipitous bridle-paths in correct Rotten Row get-up, chimney-pots and all, on their way to a ball. I felt sadly unfashionable in my short serge habit and loose jacket ; but 'twas surely more sensible. The Governor is very fond of his garden, and showed off an Amherstia with great pride ; the only one he has got to grow here.

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