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The Story of a Summer Or, Journal Leaves from Chappaqua   By: (1850-)

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THE STORY OF A SUMMER;

OR,

JOURNAL LEAVES FROM CHAPPAQUA

BY

CECILIA CLEVELAND.

NEW YORK:

G. W. Carleton & Co., Publishers.

LONDON: S. LOW, SON & CO.

M.DCCC.LXXIV.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874, by

G. W. CARLETON & CO.,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

To

MY DEAR COUSINS,

IDA AND GABRIELLE,

THIS

STORY OF A SUMMER

IS AFFECTIONATELY

Dedicated.

This little volume is in no sense a work of the imagination, but a simple record of a pleasant summer's residence at Chappaqua, embracing many facts and incidents heretofore unpublished, relating to one who once occupied a large portion of the public mind. Believing that it may interest many who care to know more of that portion of his busy life which was not seen by the public, but which pertained to his home circle, the author has been persuaded to print what was written merely for the amusement of herself and friends.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

Return to Chappaqua A Walk over the Grounds The Side hill House Our First Sunday at Chappaqua Drive to Mount Kisco A Country Church A Dame Ch√Ętelaine Our Domestic Surroundings

CHAPTER II.

Arrival of the Piano Routine of a Day Morning Toilettes The Dining room Pictures Ida and Gabrielle How occupied The Evening Mail Musical Evening

CHAPTER III.

An Unexpected Visit Morning Drives Gabrielle's Ponies A Repulsive Object A Visitor The King of Sweden's Soup Advantages of a Royal Kitchen Startling Experience Ida's Letters Strange Contents A Lucky Stone Request for a Melodeon Offers of Marriage Arrival of a Suitor Reasons why he should marry Ida Greeley He proves a Lunatic He is taken before a Magistrate He is lodged in the County Jail

CHAPTER IV.

A Visit from Papa A Musical Squirrel Letters Croquet Extracts from Letters Visitors The Loss of the Missouri The True Story of Ida's Engagement

CHAPTER V.

Sunday in the Country Proximity of a Meeting house How we pass our Sundays The House in the Woods Ida's Glen Mrs. Greeley's Favorite Spring The Children's Play house Gabrielle's Pets Travelling in 1836 New York Society Mr. Greeley's Friday Evenings Mrs. Greeley as a Bride Her Accomplishments A Letter concerning Mr. Greeley's Wedding

CHAPTER VI.

Visitors Our Neighbors The Chappaqua Croquet Club Gabrielle's Letter A Riding Party Summer Heat The Music room Friends from the City

CHAPTER VII.

Midsummer Day An Artist's Visit Ida's Letter Moonlight on Croton Lake Morning Readings Plato and Kohlrausch

CHAPTER VIII.

Story telling Mr. Greeley's Father His Personal Appearance His Education A Fine Voice Mr. Greeley's Mother A Handsome Woman How she is remembered in Vermont Field Labor Bankruptcy A Journey to Vermont School Days The Boy Horace How he entertained his Playmates His First Ball Separation from his Family

CHAPTER IX.

A Picnic at Croton Dam The Waterworks A Game of Twenty Questions Gabrielle as a Logician Evangeline's Betrothal Marguerite's Letter Description of Chappaqua Visitors Edmonia Lewis

CHAPTER X.

Cataloguing the Library A Thousand Volumes Contrasting Books Some Rare Volumes Mr. Greeley's Collection of Paintings Authenticity of the Cenci Questioned A Portrait of Galileo Portrait of Martin Luther Portrait of Mr. Greeley at Thirty Powers' Proserpine Hart's Bust of Mr. Greeley Mosaics and Medallions

CHAPTER XI.

The Fourth of July A Quaker Celebration The House in the Woods Mrs. Greeley's Life there Pickie Mary Inez Raffie Childhood of Ida and Gabrielle Heroism of Mrs. Greeley The Riots of 1863 Mrs. Greeley defends her House against the Mob

CHAPTER XII.

Pen Portraits Lela Majoli Guerrabella and Celina Their Characteristics

CHAPTER XIII.

Biography of Mr. Greeley Gabrielle's Questions Mrs... Continue reading book >>




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