The Complete Colonial Gentleman: Cultural Legitimacy In Plantation America

University of Virginia Press, 1998 - 221 Seiten

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Seite 61 - I know the town and the world ; and give me leave to say, that we merchants are a species of gentry that have grown into the world this last century, and are as honourable, and almost as useful, as you landed folks, that have always thought yourselves so much above us; for your trading, forsooth, is extended no farther than a load of hay or a fat ox. You are pleasant people, indeed, because you are generally bred up to be lazy ; therefore, I warrant you, industry is dishonourable.
Seite 62 - This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
Seite 106 - They were governed by this country at the expense only of a little pen, ink, and paper : they were led by a thread. They had not only a respect, but an affection for Great Britain: for its laws, its customs, and manners, and even a fondness for its fashions, that greatly increased the commerce. Natives of Britain were always treated with particular regard : to be an Old England-man was, of itself, a character of some respect, and gave a kind of rank among us.
Seite 81 - I say, were such as, had there been no English foreign plantation in the world, could probably never have lived at home, to do service for their country, but must have come to be hanged, or starved, or died untimely of some of those miserable diseases, that proceed from want and vice...
Seite 62 - A general trader of good sense is pleasanter company than a general scholar, and Sir Andrew having a natural, unaffected eloquence, the perspicuity of his discourse gives the same pleasure that wit would in another man. He has made his...
Seite 71 - If we look upwards, we find it in the heavens, where the planets have their several degrees of glory ; and so the other stars, of magnitude and lustre.
Seite 73 - Like one of the patriarchs, I have my flocks and my herds, my bond-men, and bond-women, and every soart of trade amongst my own servants, so that I live in a kind of independence on every one, but Providence.
Seite 96 - To a man of mere animal life, you can urge no argument against going to America, but that it will be some time before he will get the earth to produce. But a man of any intellectual enjoyment will not easily go and immerse himself and his posterity for ages in barbarism.

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