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Thursday, 19 June, 1828

Again the smiles of morning appear dressed in robes of the most elegant workmanship. Everything here seems fast approaching maturity and indicates an abundant reward to the husbandman. The inhabitants of this place live well as to the culinary department of life and appreciate any god or palatable food more than any people among whom I have ever lived, and use more coffee than is congenial to health. It is a source of much silent amusement to me to hear them speak the German language.