Letters on the Eastern States

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Kirk & Mercein [William A. Mercein, printer], 1820 - Boston (Mass.) - 356 pages
 

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Page 6 - 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, After the moon.
Page 257 - These contrasts in our climate occasion some very picturesque effects, — some that would be considered phenomena by persons unaccustomed to them. It blends together the circumstances of very distant regions in Europe. Thus, when the earth lies buried under a deep covering of snow, in Europe, the clime is so far to the north, that the sun rises but little above the horizon, and his daily visit is a very short one ; — his feeble rays hardly illumine a chilly sky, that harmonizes with the dreary...
Page 6 - 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, after the moon. 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 6 - 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 6 - 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...
Page 17 - 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. Reason has small effect on numbers. A turn of imagination, often as violent and as sudden as a gust of wind, determines their conduct ; and passion is taken, by others, and by themselves too, when it grows into habit especially,...
Page 103 - Europe have formed their communication with the commerce of Asia, — have been for some ages past settling on all sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and in America have been possessing every seat and channel of commerce, and have planted and raised that to an interest which has taken root ; — since they now feel the powers...
Page 115 - I must attempt to give you some account of the literary condition and prospects of this section of the Union, without attempting to go out of these limits. The first colonists of Massachusetts and Connecticut, from which the other eastern states derive their origin and general character, were some of them men of, learning, who were led to expatriate themselves, by the joint impulse of promoting education and enjoying their religious opinions undisturbed ; the latter, indeed, was by far the strongest...
Page 301 - It was composed partly of whist, and partly of quadrille, though partaking most of the former. As it is almost unknown in this country, it may be of use to persons who amuse themselves in this way, to know, that this is the most interesting game that is played. It is still partially in use in France, but in every circle in the north of Europe, from Amsterdam to St.Petersburgh, Huston is now almost the exclusive game.
Page 193 - ... the common routine of a very restricted cultivation, and the inclination was almost universal, to devote all their skill and capital to some of the branches of trade, considering all exertions to derive a greater profit from agriculture as hopeless. The spirit of emigration also, acting with full force on an enterprising people, easily induced them to, go to new states, in pursuit of the real or delusive advantages that were held out to them. This constant draining from our population, while...

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