Saturday, April 17, 2010

11Nov1872, Sumner Describes Great Boston Fire

CHATSWORTH, Monday, November 11th, 1872.
Frank and Lou went on a visit to Newstead Abbey, to my grief : for I have no enjoyment of the headship of affairs at Chatsworth. Mr. Sumner, the American politician, came ; whom I saw last in '59 at Althorp, and remember well going into ecstasies over the library there. He was distressed at the horrible fire, almost on the Chicago scale, which is raging at Boston, and is said to have desolated 100 acres of ground in a fine, well-built quarter of the city.

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