Quotation by Fanny Kemble

The hurry of life in the Western part of the country, the rapidity, energy, and enterprise with which civilization is there being carried forward baffles all description, and, I think, can hardly be believed but by those who have seen it. Cities of magnificent streets and houses, with wharves, and quays, and warehouses, and storehouses, and shops full of Paris luxuries, and railroads from and to them in every direction, and land worth its weight in gold by the foot, and populations of fifty and hundreds of thousands, where, within the memory of men, no trace of civilization existed, but the forest grew and the savage wandered.
Fanny Kemble (1809–1893), British actor. Further Records, 1848-1883, vol. 2; entry dated April 6, 1857 (1891).

Kemble had just returned from a series of Shakespeare readings in the midwestern United States.
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