Chapter 12.110 - Boston (continued)
Continued from 12.109- Looked at a beautiful Planetarium, the shopkeeper put in motion for us – forget the price but we recollect, that it also was too much for my purse. Many pretty things we stopped to look at.
We next travelled to the top of the State House – 208 steps from the street – about 175 from the floor. Wonderfully fatiguing walk – found a good breeze at the top to cool us after the exertion, and lots of lookers out as well as ourselves. I believe the dome is always filled. This is the most elevated spot in the city. A complete birds eye view of every part and also of the countryside around.
There is a large statue of Washington in the lower hall – nothing at all imposing in the air or attitude. Each person who visits the dome enters his name in a book at the foot of the stairs.
We passed into the Library to look at 3 very large vol[ume]s of colonial prints from Audobon’s paintings of American birds. The birch and the plants etc. on which they feed are finely executed. Each book must be 4 feet in length.
By English sculptor Chantrey in Italian Marble.