Letters: Descriptive of Public Monuments, Scenery & Manners in France & Spain, Band 1

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Seite 118 - Like the vase in which roses have once been distilled — You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will, But the scent of the roses will hang round it still.
Seite 145 - Returning to the chateau, we took a run over the beautiful lawn in front of it, with trees so planted in groups, as to afford open vistas between them. After this we all separated, to pursue whatever occupation we chose. And this is one of the great charms of La Grange ; all are left at liberty to go and come as they please, without any of the restraints of ordinary visiting. You may read or write, — walk, sail or hunt, as the one or the ether is most agreeable to your taste, until the dinner bell...
Seite 149 - ... obliged to take a reluctant farewell of this most interesting family circle, in whose delightful society two days had flown away upon the wings of the wind. I had heard and read much of La Grange, but the reality far exceeded my expectations. Never did I imagine a scene of more unaffected harmony and domestic love, more unbounded kindness and hospitality, than this noble mansion presents. And faultless as had ever appeared to us the character of our venerable and illustrious host, it was in the...
Seite 142 - This room wa» hung with various prints of scenes in America. At six o'clock the bell rang for dinner, and we repaired to the saloon, where the numerous family of the house, and a few temporary visiters, were already assembled. Descending to the dining-room, situated upon the lower floor, we found a table abundantly spread, with meats and vegetables almost exclusively the produce of the farm; and the fruits, which formed the desert, were all of the General's own raising.
Seite 144 - Plantes, but of American parentage. We then entered a large yard, surrounded by the buildings of the farm, at one side of which was the aviary, containing a number of very curious and beautiful birds. Then we were conducted to the various...
Seite 142 - Greene, of Mr. Monroe, John Adams, John Q. Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. At each side of the fire-place are portraits, one of Bailly and the other of La Rochefoucauld; and upon the mantlepiece are small marble busts, representing the father of Riego and his wife. At the opposite side of the room is a pedestal with a bronze bust of Washington, made at the time he was in the army. After remaining here a short time, we were conducted to our own apartment, in which a warm fire was also burning and every...
Seite 307 - ... Great Britain and the United States, has been strongly encouraged. True it is that a correct view of the Revolution has been at all times easily accessible and scholars have learned the truth from the sources of history, but their voices were not loudly raised during the hundred years next following the recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain. It is only within the last decade that any perceptible impression has been made upon the prevailing ignorance concerning...
Seite 142 - When the carriage stopped at the door, we found all the family assembled there, ready to welcome their revered parent. They all embraced him affectionately, and he then introduced to them his guests, whom they received whit cordial politeness.
Seite 146 - JQ Adams and Mr. Monroe, a portrait of the commander of the Brandywine, the Declaration of Independence, and Washington's Farewell Address, together with two French prints, one of the Bastille and the other of the Champ de Mars. After breakfast the next...
Seite 143 - ... were all of the General's own raising. And the cheerfulness and hilarity, which reigned around the hospitable board, gave additional richness to the repast. It was at this time, that Madame Perier made me acquainted with the names of the family and their relationship to each other, and I shall mention them to you here. There were, first, the eldest daughter of the General, Madame de la TourMaubourg, and her youngest daughter, Jenny.

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