By Russell Bertrand
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It is very disagreeable here that one cannot work or write with a light burning because then thousands of mosquitoes swarm around you. And in the morning it is so hot in our room that I was not able to write much to you. Beloved Mother, please tell all who remember me and ask about me that although I am not able to greet each individually, I nevertheless have not forgotten any of them and my thoughts often return to my dear acquaintances in Europe. Fare right well, and greet my dear brothers and sisters a thousand times from me; some lines from them would also please me.
The owners’ houses are palaces, the gardens having high oleander trees, orange walks, etc. 21 Tonight we had a delicious full moon over the Mississippi, so beautiful that I have been sitting on the deck the whole night long. I only regret that you, my dear, beloved Parents, could not see and enjoy these beautiful sights with me. You cannot form an idea of the elegance and the gracefulness of the Americans. The schooners going by are surpassingly neat and elegant. The sailors are almost all handsome men with long black hair and mustaches, wearing ﬁne white shirts, white or black trousers, gleaming shoes and broad round straw hats.
We met each other at once while disembarking; I still thought that you, dear Mother, would be at the hotel, as I knew that for the ﬁrst no ship [ ] would leave for New Orleans and that probably a fortnight might pass, I had anxiously longed for still seeing you, and believe me that I permanently am thinking: if only Mother would also be here. 28 Indeed, it is diﬃcult to decide where to begin with my thanks, for you have provided me so amply with all things. The baked goods and the gingerbread, as well as the poppy seed, and then the brilliant Easter cake gave me much pleasure; and especially your dear letter, from which I see that you are hale and hearty.
Columns for the Hearst Newspapers by Russell Bertrand