By Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick legislation Olmsted (1822-1903) was once a journalist and panorama dressmaker who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most famed fulfillment was once primary Park in big apple, of which he turned the superintendent in 1857, yet he additionally labored at the layout of parks in lots of different burgeoning American towns, and was once known as by way of Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the US has but produced'. His A trip within the Seaboard Slave States used to be initially released in 1856, and arose from trips within the south which Olmsted, a passionate abolitionist, had undertaken in 1853-4. This version was once released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical cartoon via his son and an advent by way of William P. Trent. It abounds in attention-grabbing and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and studies in a society which used to be at the verge of overwhelming swap.
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The residence is in the midst of the farm, a quarter of a mile from the high road—the private approach being judiciously carried through large pastures which are divided only by slight, but close and well-secured, wire fences. The mansion is of brick, and, as seen through the surrounding trees, has somewhat the look of an old French chateau. The kept grounds are very limited, and in simple but quiet taste; being surrounded only by wires, they merge, in effect, into the pastures. There is a fountain, an ornamental dove-cote, and icehouse, and the approach road, nicely gravelled and rolled, comes up to the door with a fine sweep.
He regretted that the " most able and just-minded statistician in the country '' should have condescended to adopt the current partisan practice of attributing unworthy motives to all persons not of his way of thinking with regard to slavery. If Mr. Olmsted had been less modest, he might have called attention to the fact 1 A Journey in the Back Country, p. 399, seq. xxvii xxviii Introduction that Mr. De Bow had found little beyond a rash prediction or two on which to rest his censures, and had thus been thrown back upon general denunciations of the kind just illustrated.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14th. Called on Mr. C , whose fine farm, from its vicinity to Washington, and its excellent management, as well as from the hospitable habits of its owner, has a national reputation. It is some two thousand acres in extent, and situated just without the District, in Maryland. The residence is in the midst of the farm, a quarter of a mile from the high road—the private approach being judiciously carried through large pastures which are divided only by slight, but close and well-secured, wire fences.
A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, Volume 1: With Remarks on their Economy by Frederick Law Olmsted