Box 15-001b DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN'S DIARY: Part Two
May 1 1859
DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN'S DIARY, PART TWO br>
K.U.A. Sunday 1/5/59, May 1, 1859
Could not make out to get ready for Bible exercise this morning, as it took so much time to dress me. I am getting into my old habit of laziness about dressing. Went to Church. Pres. Lord of Hanover preached. Some difference between his sermons & Mr. Blanchard's. He seems more like home preachers, real old Scotchmen, who preach not for their audience, but for their God. How much more pleasure there is in listening to a good sermon from a Scotchman than from an American. Mr. Lord preaches in the afternoon but went to sleep & slept through the whole sermon.
This morning the order of exercise was read for examination, which commenced this afternoon, at 1 o'clock & continue till 6 & from 8:30 to 12:30 and 2 to 6 tomorrow. My French came this afternoon, so had little time to prepare for it, but as the two classes came together it made it very easy for us. Prof.[Sanborn?] of Dart. Col. [Dartmouth] was one of the committee & he is well posted in French, so we had to look out & make no mistakes.
The evening was occupied from 7:30 to 11 in hearing the Seniors speak I was only in about half the time Learned spoke well the best of any of them.
Today examination closes & my Algebra comes at the last hour 5 p.m. No recitation tomorrow but school closes after lecture this evening by Rev. Mr. Burton of Newberry [VT?][?] My Recitation went off poorly at least the first question he asked me, I said did not know, but the rest went off well so it was a failure all the way through, my card was 1.28 next to the poorest on the gents side. Judkins was marked the best.
Did not go into the lecture this evening, at my room making time fly as well as possible. Mifs [sic] Wakefield went home this morning as she had no recitation today. Made one or two visits to hear other classes recite but was engaged with my own studies to much to run around much.
Warm & Lovely
Everybody seemed to be making preparations for leaving, about 10 a.m. some three or four teems [sic] started off with students, all was bustle and commotion. After the students had departed we the remainder set to work as how to amuse ourselves, between football, quoits & cigars all past off very pleasantly the first day. But a number of the student now remaining will go tomorrow morning.
K.U.A Wednesday 11/15/59
The weather since last date has varried [sic] for some days it was very pleasant & warm say, till monday when it became cold and rainy since then it has been cool.
There has been no lack of good times yet no excitement; all seem to lazy to stir when once they get seated, thus my journal has fallen far behind hand, & now will make it up in a lump for each day has been repetition of the preceeding [sic] only varying more & more in smoke, & other minor points.
Order of exercise 1st Wash & dress myself as all the other did. Breakfast, 3rd Smoke, talk & making ourselves at home & comfortable, 4th a Walk 5 Reading, Writing (no not writing for I have not lifted a pen) talking, or smoking, 6th Dinner consisting of Bulls Beaf [sic], poor potatoes, good bread, poor butter, poor pickles, good pies, poor water &c. &c. 7th Smoke, talk, read 8th Walking, kicking, footballs, 9th Supper, good bread, poor butter, poor tea, good sugar, good milk, good cake, 10th Exercise of walking, foot ball, 11th singing, 12th smoking, telling stories, reading, 13th clearing up room, 14th preparing for bed 15th Bed & sleeping, 16th Awaking & getting out of bed. Such is life. My room has been head quarters all around.
Have returned from a visit to Ascutney Mountain Vermont, about 2 miles or 3 miles from Windsor. Yesterday although it look [sic] cloudy & appearance was rain, we started for Ascutney. Dingwell, Guild, Farnsworth, Lathorp, Miller, Dailey, Sawrette, Tappan, started about 5,15, on foot. I took Roberts horse & carriage & the provisions & shawls & left about 7.10 with Dailey 1st who was to bring the horse back when we over took them, but we did not accomplish the feat till they arrived in Windsor. So Dailey 1st remained with us & we all took the jaunt up the mountain. It took some time to recruit & fill up the mountain. It took some time to recruit & fill our stomachs but at last as all things have an end so our appetite did, & now instead of going up the mountain we visited the prison.
It is an old dilapidated looking building, yet on close inspection it looks as if it would keep all within its bound who were placed there, for the far famed Bristol Bill is still within its bounds. The yard extending along the front of the building is fenced in by a high picked fence of considerable strength although [wo?] the farther side as you approach is walled & a sentry or watch is constantly keeped [sic] on the wall, he has a small house to shield him in cold weather; the remainder of the circuit is formed by the walls of the building.
The buildings are built of stone & the inside shows them to be so constructed that whoever once enters by the door cannot get out except by the same entrance. The cell rooms are in the building next the office, made as cells usually are. The first room we were conducted into was, where the handles of the sythe were shaved, this contained some 20 or more men, among whom Bristol Bill was to be seen he is apparently about 45 or 50 years of age, he sets on the right hand 2nd from the door; the keeper says he is very quietly & orderly in all his deportment. The next shop was where the rough work of the sythe hand was commenced, some 15 or 20 men were here at work & the roughest looking crew of all. The next shop was the machine shop where the iron work was made for the sythes; all things here denoted that convenience for manufactory was employed, & here the finishing of sythe was done. From here we returned to the office paid our 13 cts & left having spent all the time we could before leaving for the mountain, first visited the new post office.
We now proceeded for our provisions & shawls, then started for the mountain, it was a warm walk to the Dudley place where we procured a small telescope & an axe, with which we could cut our fire wood & bows for bed. Now commenced the toil of climbing two miles having walked about three form Windsor making about five miles to the top.
At first all was very pleasant but soon some began to lag behind, at last Tappen & I were left "alone in our glory." The first part of the road for about 1/3 of the way was along the side of ravine along which a beautiful little cascade flowed on its way to join the Connecticut, the scenery is very pleasant & some of the way beautiful, the rest of the way the road turns off from the stream & winds in a zig-zag course up the mountain side till you arrive at the summit. In some places the road is very good & in fact from foot to top it is good for this time of the year, for no repairs have been done to any part of the road. For the last 1/3 of a mile Tappan & I refreshed ourselves with numerous rests for we were so tired we could not walk, at last reached the summit where we stopped & contemplated nature in its various forms, thence we moved on to the house which was found to be minus a roof. Now we divided our force to furnish the "necessaries of life" first roof for the house then came the other things, wood for fire, water to drink, &c. &c. At about 8.15 we were all inside the building stretched out on the ground with spruce or hemlock bows for our beds & our shawls for cover-lids.
The morning broke forth & revealed a most magnificent panorama to view. The clouds lay around & below us, while here & there the peak of some mountain peered through, giving the fleecy wave like clouds the appearance of an ocean.
The same rotine [sic] of business has been going on for the last week as the first weeks of this ever to be remembered vacation, only my room has not been the scene of quite so much confusion. Again life seems to have been infused into Meriden, for everybody is minding every other body's business, & everything has got the same bad habit, all because some 30 or 40 students have made their appearance, strange the blood of young New Hampshire will not keep cool, but alas for the fraility [sic] of man.
Well an end is soon to be put to our jolly vacation & again the duties of school are pressing on us, to pay attention to them. Some of the old students have returned & a number of new ones Among [sic] them.
Changeable rain, sunshine
Loafed around all morning being to [sic] nervous to do any of those, things which would conduce to my own or others happiness, Went into prayer at 11, found about 75 to 85 students present, a few classes were appointed for this afternoon, but Dimond & I went over to Lebanon to do some shopping I bot [sic] some feeting [sic] and slippers neither good for anything Dimond invested more, but he got sold on the feeting.
KUA Friday 20/5/59
School has again made a beginning The students are coming in slowly for the bait is very Tempting to remain but a few days to enjoy the spring but alas for the fraility [sic] of man, he knows not what the weather may bring as now it is lonely, dreary, & unpleasant.
School is going on but little is doing for the classes are not yet arrainged [sic[. A number of new student [sic] have arrived, some look quite intelligent but many green one's [sic]among them, but what of that, the best men came from the country.
Raining, cold, raw
With the exception of one or two days, the last week has been very unpleasant weather. I am studying French & Botany. As yet have only recited in French, the Botany clafs [sic] [class] number some 30 so it is quite large, a number of seniors makes it more uncomfortable for us small fry. Have just finished the second vol. of the "Rise of the Dutch Republic" by Motley. It is very interesting work but rather extended yet it shows more fully the characters of the time, & the odds The Reformist had to contend with.
Wrote to L.R.F. a long letter also to C.C.P.L. Dimond, & I went over to Lebanon yesterday shopping, had a great time, but did little.
Raining, clearing off
Another miserable day, but just before sunset the clouds disappeared & now the stars are shining. Did not go in to Bible exercise for expected the same old lecture as had last term, for we do not not [sic] have any question the first sunday [sic] Mr. Blanchard preached two good sermons containing much truth & he seemed very earnest in his delivery as if he wanted to make an impression on the minds. Some thoughts are now occupying my mind to the exclusion of religious thoughts, it seems hard that my mind will not grapple with those truth [sic] that I know are so essential to the happiness of man.
Vegetation has taken quite a start so we may look forward to more pleasant prospects. Have not recited yet. French has not commenced but will tomorrow.
Beautiful, warmer than yesterday. No French till tomorrow. Cy. Miller & I went of [sic] smoking & Mifses. [sic][Misses] Brainerd 2nd and Pierce came along & saw us, they may carry it around the school & Mr. Richards will hear of it. The rules of the school were read this morning, which will be no benefit to us.
Recitations are regular now. We have 100 varieties of flowers to analyse this term & record, also to preserve them, at least 30 varieties. So have commenced to make me a press, & Dimond is assisting.
[No entries until July 1859]
Trip to White Mountain July 1859
At 6.30 G.C. Learned & I left Meriden on our excursion having in company James Dingwell Jr. and Mifs Blanchard as far as Hanover C. Cole drove us up to H. at which place we arrived after two hour [sic] & 20 min drive a distance of 12 miles. As the road was quite familiar to us all no variety presented itself to amuse us & we relied on each other for any cause to relieve the monotony of the road. Our conversational powers did not seem to flow any ways extra & all was quietness, more perhaps on acct. of the presence of said Lady, who having no attractions to draw from us particular attention, we talked over the past term & discussed the merits of the students more particular those who had just completed their course of studies preparatory to entering College life. One thing which particularly drew me notice was the poor crops on the roads, Corn especially which seemed so unpromising that it seemed nothing less than a loss of time to look after it & a waste of land to grow it on. Yet we are left to suppose it is the usual amt. of a growth attained in these parts. When compared with crops West it appears astonishing that one can be found contented to remain among these Granite Hill to eke out a life or an existence for life it is not, for to live is to enjoy the great gifts God has bestowed on man & the earth, certainly here we find earth & rocks more of the latter than of the former which although it may produce the most persevering farmers & great men, does not lead one to believe it is a paradise or a garden of Eden far from it, one is led to the simple conclusions that farmers here however much they love the Hills of N.H. do barely exist from year in to year out. They can worship God as they choose, a privilege gained them by their Pilgrim fathers, a privilege they fully enjoy without molestation, at least till recently when some feeling has arisen against Unaversalists and Unitarians those former more than the latter & Catholicism hold very little sway comparatively speaking in N.E. Returning to the crops we found all poor but wheat, barley & oats were the best buckwheat was very poor, potatoes likewise did not seem to flourish well. Pastureage was very poor & the sheep that were grazing on the hill sides, found enough of rocks to sharpen their noses on while the more needful article--grass was more of a delicacy. In course of time it is hoped that the digestive organs of all four footed animals will become hardened extended or as arrainged, that instead of browsing on the scanty herbage, they can eat stumps & rocks.
At 8.50 we arrived at Hanover the "seat of learning, patriotism & piety." Here stand the sacred & classical halls of Dartmouth, alike venerable for age & being the seat from which some of the greatest men of our republic have drank deep at that fount of learning which has been the stepping stone to their future greatness, such as Webster & Choate. At 11 oclock Commencement exercises began & as Cushing was absent on acct. of sickness. Rev. Foster of Lowell Mass. delivered his lecture before the theological society. Subject was Eloquence or the influence an eloquence on the influence an eloquent orator has over others in drawing the attention of his audiences & impressing on their minds what is on his mind. Also the definition of the true orator. His lecture was one I appreciated more than anything of the kind I have heard this long time, as to notes I did not take any, although many points would have been pleasant to remember. The galleries were crowded with Ladies "Dear Provoking creatures" who paid much more attention to the Gents than to the speaker, but among the No. I could not pick out only one, good looking damsel, not that I wish to say ought against the rest, more than they lacked in features some points necessary to captivate, how well they may be mentally endowed, to please, or how full their pockets are of tin, are attractions I cannot speak of. The body of the church- for by the way the exercises are held in the College church--was occupied by the Gents, who paid more attention to the speaker than the ladies excepting perhaps some of the students, whom of course would be struck by the notice of the fair sea. The building was well filled all the time.
[Dimmus?] of New Haven delivered the lecture in the afternoon at 2 before the ___. Many fine points in his lecture, yet it was so delivered and so little pleasing that I heard little of it, & enjoyed that little less, than sleep thus passed two hours till Park Benjamin of New York came on the stage with his poem for the Juniors, when all was attention, & all were eager to hear the Poet. He began in a free & easy style with his bow to the Professors & then the Juniors, his subject followed the "Press", of the Weeklies had particular fits then the dailies, interspacing a hit here & there on the ladies, book writers, John G Saxe, who by the way was on the stage, & after the poem was done when told the presence of the Rhymer, he wanted an introduction to him, when he said "well Governor if I had known you were here I would have fit you worse that I did." Everybody liked the poem well, some capital things in it, but one prominent feature was his knowing when he had a good thing to say, & saying with a pause so as to draw all minds to the fact something was coming.
The Concert in the evening by the "Boston Brigade Band" was good some pieces were fine & it was a treat to hear good music, Cuckoo Polka, Solo & Violoncello by W. Fries [Medley?] of Scotch Airs by the band were capital pieces. Some were more complicated or more difficult of execution but I prefer not always the most difficult for other pieces sometimes strike more directly on my musical organ with pleasure.
We spent the night. Learned & myself at Norwick at the Hotel at which place we arrived after running over two ladies going through the bridge.
Arose this morning a little after 7 o'clock refreshed by our sleep of 7 hours. We set down to a table composed mostly of Cadets from the Norwich University one of whom J.C. Hall is a friend of Learned, the table was very good for such a looking establishment. Chicken, broiled, beafsteak, potatoes, slap jacks, coffee, all neat & clean. I made a hearty breakfast for I expected hard work & little pay, as this is the real commencement. After breakfast Jones (a Meriden boy) L, & myself took a visit to N. University under the guidance of L's friend Hall. The University is a large four story brick building, sufficiently large to accommodate 300 students or cadet, it is placed back from the road some some [sic] 200ft leaving a large common for drill purposes the grounds comprise about three acres, with a liberty pole on the centre. The rooms in the building are badly cut & marked leaving a poor impression on the mind of neatness or care. Halls room was on the first floor, & although badly cut & marked leaving a poor impression on the mind of neatness or care. Halls room was on the first floor & although cut and marked was clean. The bed was a mattress on a simple board in one corner, no comfort was visible in the bed or room, three chairs one table, a few books mostly mathematics in which the Mr. excels. After an half hour spent around the school we left for Hanover. As it was near exercise time we did not run around much but looked around to see who we could see. H. French & a number of M. students were present whose familiar faces seemed quite reviving for with the running around & late hours yesterday I began to feel tired. Did not go in to exercises as I did not think it would pay, so rested myself, & looked around to see some of the lions. Reeds Hall is the first building of which or through which a visitor is conducted. On entering the Hall the first door on the left contains the paintings, Among which are the Prof. pres. & past of Old Dart. Daniel Webster Rufus Choate &c., &c., & the Graduating classes of 57, 58, 59 (forgot the dates). After looking over this room which is quite small but contains one or two good paintings we pass to the door farther on in the Hall& turn in to the left we find ourselves in the Minerology Cabinet, which occupies a large room (say 60 by 24) & well fitted with specimens, many of them are large & fine examples, it is a very good collection but many to excell [sic] it. On the same floor farther on & in a door at the left are the Ninivah Plates taken from the ruins & sent to Dart Co. by some missionary. The plates are six in No. some 12 to 15 ft. high & four ft. across, the sculpture on them is nearly as long as the plates & represent nearly the same figures but different postures all standing. The middle of the figures are covered with heiroglyphics. From here we go up the second floor, the first door on the left is the library, whose classic walls are surround by classics that bear full testimony to the sacredness to which they are to spend for the rest of their of days. Ancient & Moern books, present & past literature, bot [sic] by the school, given to them, some are ancient modern & is continually increasing. On the shelves I noticed a collection of Latin works said to comprise all the works of any acct. ever published in Latin. Old parliamentary newspapers, German works in great varieties. The (or a copy of the) Vulcate [sic, Vulgate] Bible, & some old thick books which by their backs seemed of Indian origin. The rooms are or ornamented by bust of all the noted characters of ancient times. The bust of the Venus Medici is over the door of entrance, then we find the Apollo Belvedere, Demosthe, Cicero, Hypocrates, Tasso Dante Milton & others. At the backs of the rooms stand a large painting of [blank space] first president of the College a fine painting & one worthy of being kept. The remainder of the rooms were closed which led us to direct our steps to the Medical department some 50 or 60 nods from Reeds Hall, it is a smaller building them the last named built of Brick, the house was being somewhat repaired & the grounds around it not cultivated at all giving it desolate looking appearance.
The first room we visited was the Botanical department which is likewise kept in this building, here we found a large collection of painted specimens, each under its order, genus & species giving the student a more thorough insight, understanding or knowledge of what he was perusing, yet not to be compared to original species, but in all cases it would be impossible for him to procure the originals. Under the engraving on the walls were seeds of various species all marked in their English names. To some it was pleasant to pass over this room.
From [sic] we went up stairs to the medical department, which seemed to be the favorite place of resort for lookers on, The first room was the lecture room which is of amphitheatre form but small, from this room we pass into the cabinet which is filled with all kinds & sorts of bones, muscles, & parts of the body, also with skeletons & some the the [sic] flesh & muscles preserved giving the student a chance to study the human body at his leisure. Among other curiosities are 9 little skeletons from three inches up to 15 in. I should suppose, they are keeped [sic] in glass cases, making a very interesting show of the dif. stage of human being. Also in one part of the room were some little babies preserved in their natural position & form.
From here we went to the Observatory where is the apparatus presented to the College by Prof. Shadduck, the instruments are very fine ones & are quite an acquisition to the College. Not being acqt. with the instruments cannot say much about them.
At 4 p.m. the alumni met in the church & made speeches or more properly remarks, these that I heard were on the death of Rufus Choate each one seemed to be telling some little story of his life in his younger days, some gave good tribute to his memory, & doubtless could tell some interesting stories of him, but each only made a few remarks, which I thought was a bore to listen to so got up & left. I Spend the evening in a walk out in the country saw one fine residence belonging to a Mr. Balch who has figured in Canada railway affairs pretty largely.
Spent last night at the Hanover house, which to say the least is a very poorly kept house, having no neatness or cleanliness about, a poor table especially mince pies & pickles, a poor landlord, & poor company I expect. It has a pretty lass to wait on the table, & that is the only recommendation it has. As no cars left for Littleton till 3 p.m. we did the best we could, took a morning walk as far as the road extended, returned to do some writing & pass away time till stage time came, for the depot is some mile from the city on the other side of the river. At 3.10 the iron horse was puffing away, tender whose care we many precious lives, more valuable to themselves than others, unless some fair maid was foolish enough to love some truant boy, whose absence was heart breaking &.
On, along the banks of the Connecticut we whizzed stopping here & there till we arrived at Wells River where we changed cars for Littleton, passing amidst the usual scenery of New Hampshire travel without feeling any perceptible change of body or mind in drawing nearer the far famed Mountains towards which our course was bringing us, The ride was very pleasant River on one side & hills the other although one cannot expect much from car riding, still ours was a pleasant little trip. Arriving at L at 4.50 we found stages for the Crawford House & Profile House, as the latter was our choice we got aboard of the open carriage as the coach was full & no opportunity for others, our team was drawn by four horses & the coach by six, we were started on the road in ten or fifteen minutes, at good speed & under good care for all the stage drivers on these roads are excellent. Our course was [blank space] & after a mile or so we caught a passing glimpse of Mount. Wash. At the left, while in front of us & much nearer lay Cannon, Lafayette & Haystacks Mounts, while on either hand lay smaller & less noticeable hill making it a very pleasant drive we passed the village of Franconia which is a dilapitated looking place five miles from L. four miles farther on the ascent begins & continues for about three miles. We pass Bald Mt. & Echo lake before arriving at the Profile House.
Saturday 30 July 
The evening being so dark on our arrival we could see nothing, so prepared ourselves for an early start this morning. But by the way must speak of the Profile House, its being the head quarters for those who come to Franconia. As we come up the road for some two miles or more it lies in the forest, & trees are bending over causing the outside traveler to beware of his hat if not of his head, for all of this little inconvenience, it adds much to the drive, & as the stage rattles along on the road passing Echo lake in a few min the House comes in view, with the back building on the right & stables on the left, As we approached, it seemed like entering a new region with civilization & fashion to beguile the hours as well as nature, we passed the large drawing room & round to the front which faces the Notch. Here we were surprised to find a first class hotel, expecting to find only a good house with comfortable fare & lodging. On entering the hall which is a large room, the office is at the back part, on the left is a small sitting on the right, the reading room, opposite the office on the left are the stairs leading to the floors above. All seems to be arrange for accomodation & friendly intercourse for here the ladies come to witness the arrivals, seeing their friends, in fact there is no running up stairs to drawing rooms or setting [sic] rooms but at all hours ladies are to be seen around the piazzas & office, Although fashion is found here it does not rule but is made subsequent to comfort, & happiness to be derived from the pleasure trips, & under the hospitality of Hiram Bell Esq. we had all the attention could be asked, every person seemed in search of pleasure & health & all were in a fare way to attain it. Mr. Bell has a young fellow for clerk who used to be in the Eagle Hotel Concord, & all that any traveller can ask for he is sure to find from the hands of the porters who are all pleasant, & accomodating. This hotel although buried up in the hills of N.H is certainly the first class hotel. It would not surpass some other hotels of the fashionable places, if it were not that you do not have to fee the waiter which is a thing I decidedly dislike. The rooms are all comfortable, large, airy, clean. Mans desires are all concentrated here in fewer wants perhaps than in City & where man can have his desire supplied he is rich, well here then we can call him rich, for all in the shape of hotel comforts he desire, he has. The first to be seen is the Old man on the road to the flume, as we passed in the morning it was impossible to discern any traceable signs of his face for the sun shone directly on him, at the base of the mountain which is some 1500ft high is a basin called the Old Mans mirror very appropriate indeed situated it is, at the base so as he can look & see if his face is clean. Farther down the road we come to the place where they take horses to ascend Mt. Lafayette the next highest Mt to Mt Was. [Washington] it being 5800ft. A party were just mounting so we had an opportunity to witness how we were destined to start before long. The next stopping place was at the feet of the "Old Man & his wash bowl" it is nature like, a huge stone in the shape of a foot & a hollow spot in the rock in the form of basin make a very complete representation of the facts, this certainly very, fine, for it was a curious freak of nature to form the bowl which is 6 or 7 feet deep in solid rock into which water clear as crystal flows making it still more beautiful on viewing these rocks, to see suck clear water tumbling down over them. No more stops till we arrived at the Flume house except to see the summit of Mt. Lafayette, arriving at the F.H. three of the party left the stage & the remainder five besides ourselves went on to the flume about 3/4 of a mile from the Hotel. The stage leaves its passengers at a huge rock & a platform for the easy ascent of the Ladies to the carriages, from here our path wound its way up a little stream which after the first few rods was almost straight, tumbling over rocks in what would be a mad head long careen if water enough, but for the lack of which it was only a little mumbling brook now & then flowing over a large rock with a few feet fall. This little stream flowed through the flume which is a ledge of rocks in some places 60ft high smooth & regular as mason work, the top being crowned with trees over hanging the abyss below gave it a rather wild & romantic appearance. The pathway up the stream is composed of boards, logs smoothed on the upper surface smoothed off, rocks, & bridges made of logs smoothed on the upper surface & a railing inserted by means of an auger & little stick to support a small railing on the top, about 2/3 way up a large rock has fallen in between the sides & now remains suspended a little above the middle of the height it seems to be very lightly held in its place as if a slight push on one side would send it into the abyss below. Above the rock is a tree trunk over the stream we ascended the hill & crossed on this log which gave us the finest of all views of this flume. From here we ascended the stream to its fountain then returned, to our carriage which was waiting for us, when we returned to our carriage which was waiting for us, when we returned to the hotel. One more scene to be seen is the pool some ¾ miles from the Profile house, approach to which is by a path directly in front of the House, it is quite a shady & pleasant walk of 10 or 15 min. After a descent of 200 ft you arrive at the water or pool which is a small body of water some 60 to 80ft long & about the same width, the water is very clear & said to have been boiled it least so says the old man who lives there telling lies & selling the same to all anxious searchers of wisdom & gulability [sic] although it is worth 10c to buy one of his books & hear him talk ten minutes, his book is a lecture
1 See also Box 15-001a, Box 15-001c, and Box 15-001d to read the complete diary(April 4, 1859 to January 2nd 1862).
Also see large footnote at end of diary (Box 15-001d) for more information on Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten. His biographical sketch is available under "Family" on the Home Page.