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Diary of a trip made by Avery and his wife travelling by steamboat, railroad, and stagecoach from New Orleans to Washington, D.C. He describes the cities of Mobile, Montgomery, Macon, Savannah, Jacksonville (Fla.), Charleston, Wilmington, Richmond, and Washington, among others. Along the way he met Mayor Gustavus Horton of Mobile and Governor Robert M. Patton of Alabama, discussing with them the progress of Reconstruction; and author and diplomat John Bigelow. He also attended services at African American Methodist churches in Mobile and Charleston; and saw freedmen in the Catholic cathedral in Mobile.