Washington, Chapter XXVI, and Washington and Mount Vernon, Chapter XXVII [Excerpts from: The United States: travel descriptions]
Bianchi, Alberto G.
Alberto G. Bianchi (1850?-1904?) is primarily known as a playwright and the dramatist’s sense of color and animated conversation is given full rein in his travel book. While dutifully noting historic facts and figures regarding the places and sites he visits, Bianchi is clearly more interested in his fellow travelers and in the natives he encounters, recreating extended dialogues and occasionally stepping outside the action for an omniscient commentary on himself and those around him. In these two chapters, he and his fellow travelers visit Washington DC and Mount Vernon. He describes the various national monuments they visit as well as the quiet dignity of Mount Vernon. In addition, news of General Ulysses S. Grant’s death brings Bianchi and his companions to express condolences on behalf of the Mexican President and people.
- Original document is available at http://hdl.handle.net/1911/27425
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