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A Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions, Volumul 1
Vizualizare completă - 1839
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Pagina 49 - Are not these woods More free from peril than the envious court? Here feel we but the penalty of Adam, — The seasons' difference : as the icy fang And churlish chiding of the winter's wind, Which when it bites and blows upon my body, Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say, This is no flattery : these are counsellors That feelingly persuade me what I am.
Pagina 245 - America, perhaps she would inform me by what name I might mention them without shocking the company. Her reply was that the word limb was used. 'Nay,' continued she, 'I am not so particular as some people are, for I know those who always say limb of a table, or limb of a pianoforte.
Pagina 72 - The natives always endeavoured to build upon high ground, or at least to erect the house of their cacique or chief upon an eminence. As the country was very level, and high places seldom to be found, they constructed artificial mounds of earth, capable of containing from ten to twenty houses; there resided the chief, his family, and attendants.
Pagina 21 - That if any person shall, in the District of Columbia, challenge another to fight a duel, or shall send or deliver any written or verbal message purporting or intended to be such challenge, or shall accept any such challenge or message, or shall knowingly carry or deliver any such challenge or message, or shall knowingly carry or deliver an acceptance of such challenge or message...
Pagina 225 - The word great is oddly used for fine, splendid. 'She's the greatest gal in the whole Union.' But there is one word which we must surrender up to the Americans as their very own, as the children say. I will quote a passage from one of their papers: 'The editor of the Philadelphia Gazette is wrong in calling absquatiated a Kentucky phrase (he may well say phrase instead of word). It may prevail there, but its origin was in South Carolina, where it was a few years since regularly derived from the Latin,...
Pagina 22 - And be it further enacted, That if any person shall give or send, or cause to be given or sent, to any person in the District of Columbia, any challenge to fight a duel, or to engage in single combat with any deadly or dangerous instrument or weapon whatever, or if any person in...
Pagina 23 - That if any person shall assault, strike, beat, or wound, or cause to be assaulted, stricken, beaten, or wounded, any person in the District of Columbia, for declining or refusing to accept any challenge to fight a duel, or to engage in single combat with any deadly or dangerous instrument or weapon whatever, or shall post or publish, or cause to be posted or published, any writing charging any such person so declining or refusing to accept any such challenge, to be a coward, or using any other opprobrious...
Pagina 57 - French half bred to pilot us down the river. All Winnebago came out to see us start ; and as soon as the rope was cast off, away we went down with the strong current, at the rate of five miles an hour. The river passed through forests of oak, the large limbs of which hung from fifteen to twenty feet over the banks on each side ; sometimes whole trees lay prostrate in the stream, held by their roots still partially remaining in the ground, while their trunks and branches offering resistance to the...
Pagina 101 - I found the officers gentlemanlike, intelligent, and hospitable ; and, together with their wives and families, the society was the most agreeable that I became acquainted with in America.
Pagina 180 - About an acre and a half was surrounded on the four sides by cabins built up of rough boards; the whole area in the centre was fitted up with planks, laid about a foot from the ground, as seats. At one end, but not close to the cabins, was a raised stand, which served as a pulpit for the preachers, one of them praying, while five or six others sat down behind him on benches.