Havana, 14 December, 1852
"What a magnificent first view of Havana with its beautiful scenery, picturesque architecture and beautiful bay, a true work of art."
"Today we went to see the beautiful gardens of the Count of Fernandina, one of the richest landowners on the island. The gardens were in the English style with footpaths in between groupings of flowers and trees. But what flowers and what trees! Such an amazing variety of colors and force of vegetation. I would almost find it unbelievable if I were not seeing it myself."