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475 there was enough to feed as many more After Dinner there was a turn out of the so styled Forty tooth regiment I looked at this ragged display for a while which seemed greatly to interest a Portion of the Citizens and all the Negroes but getting tired of so much Tom Fodery in company R G Beverly & two Other Gentlemen we procuredd a Hack and visited Ashland the Home of Henry Clay The place I suppose is greatly changed since the Death of the Illustrious owner A new and Gommodious Brick Building stands on the site of the Old Marfion through which we were shown In one Room is a Museum with quite a collection of Native & Foreign Birds Animals &c with many specimens of Ores Rocks Shells &c too numerous to mention We were shown the Library of Henry Clay which is a verry large one As I stood and Looked out over that Beautifull Rolling farm I could but think that this was indeed a fit ‘ home for one like Clay Here when freed from the Busy scenes of Political life he could regain health and vigor for the coming Battles of life and no doubt the quiet scenes of Ashland were the fruitfull source of some of his greatest triumphs We also visited Woodlands and the Ky University This was another Beautifull Place We did not go through the School rooms as it was getting late and the School was Closed for the day When we got Back to Lexington the Rag Tag & Bob Tails were in full procession which they kept up untill Dark After Supper we met at Odd Fellows Hall and marched in a Body to the Opera House where Past Grand Master G W Morris delivered an adress on Odd Fellowship This was one of the Largest Assemblages I have ever met with and the Speaker was listened to with Marked Attention His manner of Delivery was Chaste and his Adress one of the finest I have ever had the Privilege of Hearing I forgot to mention that the G L adjourned this evening I was in the G L when it adjourned and will never forget the earnest Prayer of the Chaplain that if we were not Permitted to meet again on earth that we might all be Permitted to meet in Heaven I 25th I was roused up at 5 oclock to a Railroad Breakfast and g soon after took the Cars for Louisville Leaving behind me naught bydl Pleasant recolections of the Beautifull City of Lexington We Passed through Frankfort again this morning but did not stop long enough to see much of the place Arrived in Louisville at half Past 10 oclock where I remained untill 8 oclock PM I visited several places of Inte rest in the city and made several Calls upon former Citizens of Henderson at their offices I also went to the Bourbon House Stock Yards There ~ was the Poorest lot of stock on Hand I ever saw in any market and I

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