Chapter 4.28 New York City (continued)
Went next to the museum – not the best in the city, but well worth visiting. Will see the other tomorrow. Many curiosities, to us Nova Scotians, very interesting. Two well preserved Egyptian Mummies – Beautiful birds of every kind – bird of paradise, ostriches – one 7 feet high its head in natural position. The head of a New Zealand Chief, preserved like a mummy’s and covered with tattooing had a most terrific aspect. Serpents and reptiles of many species. Many Chinese and other foreign curiosities. Good collections of beasts - fine Lion – well called “The King of Beasts”. A well preserved human body (of a child), found in a salt cave in Kentucky in a sitting posture. Must have been many hundreds of years old. This has lately come to the museum as coloured girl aged 13 y, and weighing 405 lbs!! A monster indeed – such a living lump of fat. I never could have imagined. She appeared quite happy and vain of her gaudy trappings. They told me she came from “away beyond Albany” – Poor thing! I pitied her for the day was melting hot, and how she endured it, I know not.
George, not being able to get passages in the G.[reat]Western obliged to return to Boston for the Hibernia, which leaves for England tomorrow. It grieved us much to part with him, perhaps... continues on 4.29