Travels in North America, in the Years 1827 and 1828, Band 1

Cadell and Company, Edinburgh; and Simpkin and Marshall, London., 1829

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Seite 369 - I think, can be more idle than what is sometimes said on this subject, by people on both sides of the Atlantic, and on both sides of the frontier I am now looking at out of the window.
Seite 383 - ... but I remember when we have entered, at sunset, upon one of those beautiful lakes, into which the St. Lawrence so grandly and unexpectedly opens, I have heard this simple air with a pleasure which the finest compositions of the first masters have never given me...
Seite 130 - In the more cleared and longer settled parts of the country, we saw many detached houses, which might almost be called villas, very neatly got up, with rows of wooden columns in front, shaded by trees and tall shrubs running round and across the garden, which was prettily fenced in, and embellished with a profusion of flowers.
Seite 119 - Be the cause what it may, I cannot conceive a more beautiful combination of verdure ; and as the windings of the canal brought us in sight of fresh vistas, new cultivation, new villages, new bridges, new aqueducts, rose at every moment, mingled up with scattered dwellings, mills, churches, all span new. The scene looked really one of enchantment.
Seite 75 - ... if he continue to deport himself correctly for a month, let his term of detention be shortened a fortnight; and if he shall go steadily on for six months, then let half a year be struck off his whole period; and so on, according to any ratio that may be found suitable. ". . . It must surely be the wish of society in general to let a prisoner out as soon as possible, consistently with a certain salutary effect on himself and on others. It has always seemed to me, that by the process of giving...
Seite 34 - Amongst other things, it was curious to hear one of the lawyers quote a recent English decision. The Chief Justice and two judges were on the bench; but I must say, that the absence of the wigs and gowns took away much more from their dignity than I had previously supposed possible. Perhaps I was the more struck with this omission, as it was the first thing I saw which made me distrust the wisdom with which the Americans had stripped away so much of what had been held sacred so long.
Seite 383 - Ottawa's tide ! this trembling moon Shall see us float o'er thy surges soon.
Seite 267 - The cleared and airy country was exchanged for close, choky woods ; the horrible Corduroy roads again made their appearance in a more formidable shape, by the addition of deep, inky holes, which almost swallowed up the fore wheels of the waggon, and bathed its hinder axletree. The jogging and plunging to which we were now exposed, and the occasional bang when the vehicle reached the bottom of one of these abysses, were so new and remarkable in the history of our travels, that we tried to make a good...
Seite 195 - This account was corrobor fated by that of another gentleman, who had been resident on the spot for forty years. As these statements came from persons of good authority, I was led to examine the geological circumstances more minutely ; for I could not conceive it possible, that the mere wearing of the water could perform such rapid changes upon hard lime-stone. The explanation is very simple, however, when the nature of the different strata is attended to. In the first place, they are laid exactly...
Seite 204 - ... exceeds any thing I ever witnessed before. All parts of Niagara, indeed, are on a scale which baffles every attempt of the imagination to paint, and it were ridiculous, therefore, to think of describing it. The ordinary materials of description, I mean analogy, and direct comparison with things which are more accessible, fail entirely in the case of that amazing cataract, which is altogether unique.

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