Augusta's Journey

Cecilia’s Album: Aurore’s Drawing of Île Rousseau

Cecilia’s Album: Aurore’s Drawing of Île Rousseau

In Cecilias’s memory album, there is a lovely drawing of a steamboat named Le Vivant, moored to a pier and with a line of people waiting to board. There is also a small island in the drawing with tall poplars and a sculpture. The island is connected by a walking bridge to the opposite side of the river. On that side, there is a prominent, […]

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Cecilia’s Album: The Wishes of a Young Woman

Cecilia’s Album: The Wishes of a Young Woman

I pick a random page out of Cecilia’s memory album. IMG-7936 This one has a handwritten poem with the word Kärleks (Love’s) emphasized in larger letters. The page is signed with what I interpret as S. F. En. I am not sure about the S, but what else could it be? I wreck my brain; are there any friends of Cecilia and Augusta whose last […]

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Cecilia’s Album: Jaquette Rütterskjöld? – My Thoughts are with You

Cecilia’s Album: Jaquette Rütterskjöld? – My Thoughts are with You

In Cecilia’s memory album, there is an image of a few small violets or pansies. Today, on Valentine’s Day, it would make a perfect card. Memory Page #7925 Below the image of the pansies is a handwritten message in French: Mes pensées sont à vous Et Vous suivront partout (My thoughts are with you And will follow you everywhere) The image illustrates the poem, as […]

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Cecilia’s Album: A Mother’s Loving Heart

Cecilia’s Album: A Mother’s Loving Heart

Cecilia was only 18 years old when she died from measles. Two years earlier, she had lived and studied in Stockholm. Like so many girls her age, she owned a memory album, filled with greetings from her family and friends. When she left Stockholm in the summer of 1844, to return home to Vågsäter, many of her friends wrote poems or made drawings for her […]

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Cecilia Koch’s Album

Cecilia Koch’s Album

Cecilia Koch was one of Augusta’s dearest friends during her time in Stockholm. She was most likely Augusta’s classmate in Edgren’s school and they were also in the same confirmation class. After I wrote about Cecilia last fall, I received an exciting email from her brother’s great-grandson who had stumbled upon my blog entry. He had a treasure that had belonged to Cecilia that he […]

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