¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 In Rome! Is it possible that I am permitted to see Rome? The once proud mother of the world. To see her tattered finery, but not her Caesars, nor even a Nero. Once so great now so degenerate.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Sixteen hundred years of decline has reduced this ^once^ great city of two million souls to this pitiable Priest-ridden remnant of two hundred thousand dolts. Yet there is hope. A new birth has given new life. The incubus has been partially shaken off.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Since my arrival in Europe, outside influences and appearance of prosperity elsewhere in Italy under the new reign of Victor Emanuel have at last awakened the sleeping Romans and they have invited said Victor to try his skill in sight of the classic Forum, and in accordance therewith the Italian army, although a mere dirty mob, marched into Rome after a feeble resistance from the Popes French zouaves and foreign minions (seventeen killed and about an hundred wounded) and now the “states of the church”, are the counties of United Italy, and the reigning Pope Pius 9th is reduced to simply the head of the catholic church and in his dotage- has vowed that he will not come out from his Vatican Palace as long as Victor Emanuel reigns in Rome, and the sooner his funeral is celebrated the sooner will Rome be free, for the Govt has been much too generous in assuming the Roman debt and allowing him all his former income
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About the first of January the King came here to very quietly to relieve the sufferers from the terrible innundation [sic] and although it was the first visit in his life to Rome, his business engagements only permitted him to stay one day, what an agravation [sic]