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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Rome 713

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The man wore a frock coat and black cravat, the wife equally improper and the little girl in blue.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Our American consul had given us food for reflection. Victor Emanuels [sic] troops had recently opened the Popes prisons to the four hundred poor victims who were detained, without a trial ever having been granted, some of them having been there twenty years. He has banished upwards of twenty five thousand citizens many of whom have returned to make the Pope a little uneasy regarding his personal safety.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Priest’s confessing young girls and children obtained much information regarding family discontent and opposition to Papal rule. So that in the “dead of night” a rap at their door called them up into hand cuffs and Castle Angelo, on mere suspicion, away from all assistance and friends, their whereabouts unknown – – – – – but here he comes, as all are rising to their feet, entering at the end by the throne.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 About a dozen priests accompany and bustle around him rather undignifiedly [sic]. He commences first on our side where all the ladies and the catholic gentlemen are kneeling as he passes, but the American gentlemen generally, true to their republican principles stand and receive him with becoming dignity.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 One priest goes ahead, asks the Gentlemen for their permits (a sheet of paper a foot square which we hold in readiness) casts a hasty glance at the bottom where is written the nationality of the visitor, turns around to the Pope, says “Americano”, the Pope closely following grunts out “Ah Americano”, in a coarse gutteral [sic], and

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 [small drawing of Pope]

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