"Grace Greenwood in Italy," New Hampshire Statesman, Apr 16, 1853
The article includes an excerpt from a "private letter" and remarks that, in London, Greenwood "was the frequent guest of eminent literary and noble personages, her sketches of whom have added much to the value of her letters." Rumors about her love life in Rome are also mentioned.
The original source is the Home Journal.
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From a private letter from Grace Greenwood, who is still residing at Rome, we are tempted to extract a few lines, which will be sure to interest her friends and admirers – whose name is legion. She writes:
"I have had a delightful tour thus for, and am enjoying every hour I spend in glorious Italy. – The climate seems peculiarly fitted for me – or I for it – for I never was so well, so strong and hearty as I have been ever since I landed in Genoa – nearly two months ago. I like life in Rome exceedingly – for it is not a double life – that of the beautiful Present – noble and lovely in its sun-gilded and flower-wreathed ruin – and that of the glorious Past. I never felt so profoundly grateful to God for the gift of a poetic temperament as I have done since I found myself in Italy for it is the poetry of this land, of Rome, especially, in which I have the most exquisite enjoyment – a pleasure unceasing and inexpressible. I know that no one can feel more keenly and constantly than I the sentiment of its art, or recognize more – reverently the silent, invisable presence of the spirit of its ancient glory and power, haunting its wondrous ruins, akd solemnizing its delicious art. "Rome! Rome! Rome l" I repeat many times a day, half mournfully, half exultingly – sad for her desolation, yet feeling that "it is good (for me) to be here." My imagination labors daily at the Titanic work of re-constructing palaces and temples from the grand fragments that yet remain; and sometimes ancient Rome shines and turns before me in such perfection of grandeur, that I open my eyes to what she is with a sort of bewilderment. But enough of this. Mr. Mosier, the sculptor, sometimes sends me the Home Journal – which I am always delighted to see. It reminds me more of old times – has a more pleasant and familiar home-face than any other paper." (Grace Greenwood has been throughout all her tour, extremely fortunate in having the entree to the most agreeable "sets." In London she was the frequent guest of eminent literary and noble personages, her sketches of whom have added much to the value of her letters. Upon her return home, these letters will be collected and published in a volume, which, we venture to predict, will be a very successful publication. Sundry rumors have reached us, to the effect that Grace Greenwood has formed an aquaintance at Rome with a young and wealthy countryman, which may lend to interesting results, but how far these rumors are well-founded we do not know.)