“We repaired to the Misses Smith where we were to spend the night and part of Sunday. It is a wide, roomy, hospitable mansion, with old-fashioned fireplaces, old-fashioned pictures, and most of the furniture of an ancient date.
“Two bay windows have lately been added to the south side of the house, and these, filled with plants, make things look bright and cozy.
“We had a large, pleasant room assigned us for the night, which was made warm and cheery with its crackling hickory fire.
“Over our heads hung the picture of Miss Julia Evelina Smith; at my left side, Abby Hadassah; and in other parts of the room, Laurilla Aleroyla, Hancy Zephina, and Cyrinthia Sacretia…
“On Sunday morning I saw the far-famed Alderneys in their barnyard peacefully chewing the cud of contentment, totally oblivious of the commotion they had stirred up from one end of the land to the other.”—Correspondent for the Hartford Times, who visited the Smiths with Susan B. Anthony, in February 1874.
“A visit to the Smith estate would have been incomplete without a sight of the famous Alderneys and a request to see them was most cheerfully granted.
“In a warm and roomy yard stood the redeemed eight, chewing the cud of sweet contentment…—”The Glastonbury War,” Boston Post, January 21, 1874.
“From the window opposite we could see the cows, seven in number calling for their evening meal.”
“There,” said Miss Julia, “is Jessy; she is nine years old, and the mother of them all. We raised her from a calf, and she has always been a great milker. Her milk, butter, and cheese are known the town over.” She introduced me to Daisy, Proxy, Minnie, Bessie, Whitey, and Lilly.—E.V.H., Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, April 4, 1874.