Letters on the eastern states

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Wells & Lilly, 1821 - New England - 423 pages
 

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Page 11 - Do curse the gout, serpigo, and the rheum, For ending thee no sooner. Thou hast nor youth nor age, But, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep, Dreaming on both : for all thy blessed youth Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms Of palsied eld ; and when thou art old and rich Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor beauty, To make thy riches pleasant. What's yet in this That bears the name of life? Yet in this life Lie hid more thousand deaths : yet death we fear, That makes these odds all even.
Page 144 - And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see ? a reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see ? a man clothed in soft raiment ? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings
Page 10 - Thou art not thyself : For thou exist'st on many a thousand grains That issue out of dust ; Happy thou art not ; For what thou hast not, still thou striv'st to get ; And what thou hast, forget'st ; Thou art not certain : For thy complexion shifts to strange effects...
Page 28 - ... found incurable. A man who has not seen the inside of parties, nor had opportunities to examine nearly their secret motives, can hardly conceive how little a share principle of any sort, though principle of some sort or other be always pretended, has in the determination of their conduct.
Page 298 - ... put confidence in our promises ; for they thought a people who had suffered so much and so long by our means, should be entitled to our first attention ; that therefore, they had sent back the two missionaries, with many thanks, promising that when they saw the black people among us restored to freedom and happiness, they would gladly receive our missionaries.
Page 298 - They rejoiced exceedingly at our happiness in being thus favoured by the Great Spirit, and felt very grateful that we had condescended to remember our Red brethren in the wilderness. But they could not help recollecting that we had a people among us, who, because they differed from us in colour, we had made slaves of, and made them suffer great hardships, and lead miserable lives. Now they could not see any reason, if a...
Page 377 - A more peculiar and unmixed character," wrote Mr. William Tudor in this very year, " arising from its homogeneous population, will be found here than in any other city in the United States. There is none of the show and attractions of ostentatious and expensive luxury, but a great deal of cheerful, frank hospitality, and easy social intercourse. In short, if a man can limit his wishes to living in a beautiful country, among a hospitable people, where be will find only simple, unobtrusive pleasures,...
Page 11 - If thou art rich, thou'rt poor; for, like an ass whose back with ingots bows, thou bear'st thy heavy riches but a journey, and death unloads thee.
Page 10 - Reason thus with life : — If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing That none but fools would keep : a breath thou art, Servile to all the skyey influences. That do this habitation, where thou keep'st. Hourly afflict. Merely, thou art death's fool ; For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun, And yet run'st toward him still : thou art not noble; For all th...
Page 294 - An Indian of the Kennebeck tribe, remarkable for his good conduct, received a grant of land from the state, and fixed himself in a new township where a number of families were settled. Though not ill treated, yet the common prejudice against Indians prevented any sympathy with him. This was shown at the death of his only child, when none of the people came near him. Shortly afterwards he went to some of the inhabitants and said to them, When while man's child die, Indian man he sorry — he help...

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