– Visited the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Fine specimens
of Gothic architecture. The Poet’s corner in the Abbey was full of
familiar names. After this walked through a portion of Hyde Park.
Sept. 2nd – My birthday. Being Sunday we went to hear Mr. Stuegeon preach. He is a very earnest speaker and gave us a good sermon. After this attended the afternoon service in the Abbey.
Monday – Sept. 3rd – Went to Kew Gardens, with which we were delighted. Went through the Palm House and many other Green Houses. The next day went to Windsor. Were conducted through the Royal Chapel and the State Apartment of the Castle, the Queens Stables and had a fine view from the top of the tower. It rained all day, so that we were unable to drive through the grounds or to go over to Eton College.
Sept. 5th – Went to Hampton Court. Went into the chapel and apartments of the Palace and walked through the grounds. Saw the great vine, which has 1200 bunches of grapes hanging upon it. They remain there until the winter, when they are sent to the Queen. It is just one hundred years old. We went into the deer park and saw a large number of deer.
Sept. 8th – Left London for Stratford on the Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare, where we saw the house in which he lived until he was twenty-one. Were shown into the room in which he was born, after which we were invited into the garden and given specimens of plants and herbs mentioned by him in his works. The persons who live there aim to have all the plants in their yard mentioned by him in his works. After this we walked down to the river and sat down to view the country all around this beautiful little stream. Near by was an old church and graveyard, which looked antique enough to have been his place of worship. On our return we visited Warwick Castle. Went through the State Apartments. Saw the large marble vase and the great punch bowl of the Earl of Warwick. The nasal twang and monotone which the beadles of the churches and the persons who conduct you through the palaces acquire, is truly amusing.
Sept. 9th – Went in the cars to Kenilworth. Walked from the station to the Castle. It is a grand old ruin with beautiful ivy covering its walls. The holly hedges are also beautiful. Fine Lebanon cedars at Warwick. From Kenilworth we walked to Stoneleigh Abbey and would have gone through the gardens, had the weather permitted. It commenced to rain, however, and we continued on to Leamington. Have rain about every other day. Said to be an unusual season. From Leamington we went to Chatsworth, the Duke of Devonshire’s residence. Here we walked through the grounds, saw the fountains, went through the apartments of his house and through one or two green houses. Saw the Victoria Regia here, which is larger than the one at Kew Gardens. We stayed all night at the hotel and rode over the moors the next morning to Sheffield, where we took the cars for Glasgow, arriving at ten o’clock at night. In the morning walked up to the Cathedral and over the necropolis or cemetery. Saw John Knox’s monument, the most conspicuous for height of situation in the cemetery. There are many fine monuments here. The cemetery generally is much handsomer than any we saw in England. We went in the cars to Paisley, a short run of fifteen minutes. It is an old fashioned but busy manufacturing town. Glasgow is quite a bustling city. Numbers of woolen manufactories. It is supplied with water from Lake Kotrine.
Left Glasgow in the afternoon for Ballock and from there took a steamer
up the head of Loch Lemond. The lower part of it is full of islands which
gives it a very picturesque appearance. From here we went to Perth and
from there to Stirling in the cars. Stayed all night at Stirling and the
next morning, 15th of September went by cars and then coach through the
Frossachs. Took a steamer again and went down Loch Lemond to Ballock.
Just as we were passing through the islands there came on a heavy rain,
so that we had to remain in the cabin. After this the sun came out, which
caused a most brilliant rainbow. Upon reaching Ballock we took the cars
for Stirling. Upon our arrival we walked up to Black Friars Church, which
is spoken of by Scott and from thence we walked through the Churchyard
and up to the castle, viewed the country from the battlements and went
in to the Douglass Garden and room.