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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 82 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 82
Edinburgh [Sept. 2, 1905]  Passed Carlisle, Solway Moss and the Cheviot Hills, Jock of Hageldean's place, Eildoons, triple hills (see lay of last Mins and Badaeker), Borthwick Castle, Crichton Castle and so on to Waverley Station, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is the most romantically beautiful city I have thus far seen. Its churches are not nearly so fine as Liege and its street scenes are no more interesting, but its hills and valleys and waters surpass the Belgian city quite. Edinburgh has, of course, a tremendous historic interest, the seat of kings, the very stronghold of the covenanters and the home of poets and scholars. Old Edinburgh, with its lofty houses, narrow streets, wynds ::::::::: [Edinburgh] Sept. 2, 1905  curious closes has a world of fascination for me. Its architecture is exceedingly luring. The gables face the street and by their artistic diversity and simplicity give each house a charm. There are many overhangs, and gable projections. Types are John Knox's house, White Horse Close, Old Tolbooth, Lady Stair's Close and many houses in the cowgate and southward towards Jeanie Dean's cottage. All this quarter is filled with the poorer class. It is difficult for me to reconcile my preconceived idea of slums with solid stone buildings 5 and 6 and even 12 stories high, winding or spiral stone steps, etc.! But the children of Edinburgh! Never have I seen such fine-looking
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