“Wife! do you see that old gent near the head of the table? Yes!
“Well I understand him to be Sir Morton Peto . What of it, who’s
“he? Why Mr Castle has been interviewing him and he
“remembers my Father, he’s the great English capitolist [sic] who
“failed last year for it is said, about 25 million dollars and is
“now living on a small income of his wife’s, said to be about
“$4000 per year. Well he’s got something laid up, for his
“wifes pin money won’t last him long at this rate.”
After dinner Mr Castle says “did ^you^ see Sir Morton”?
At the head of the table. Yes? “Oh no he was sitting in
front of you with his wife and two daughters” which was
interresting to us as we had been talking rather unreservedly.
26th About 940 oclock last evening another grand display of the Aurora Borealis began, covering a large part of the northern sky from East to West with a livid flaming light, the lower half veiled by a thick cloud, but my intended early rising this morning (5 1/2) forced me to retire without awaiting its termination.
The landlord sends up his recommendation Book and we make no hesitation in adding a good certificate, for the variety of small Birds, delicate Fish and excellent cooking with good Wine and good attention, have merited it.-