The Library of American Biography

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Jared Sparks
Harper & bros., 1847 - United States

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Page 383 - So geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures fill their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Place elephants for want of towns.
Page 342 - With man it has often been otherwise. In wandering over the barren plains of inhospitable Denmark, through honest Sweden, and frozen Lapland, rude and...
Page 416 - ... and that his manners, though unpolished, were neither uncivil nor unpleasing. Little attentive to difference of rank, he seemed to consider all men as his equals, and as such he respected them. His genius, though uncultivated and irregular, was original and comprehensive. Ardent in his wishes, yet calm in his deliberations ; daring in his purposes, but guarded in his measures ; impatient of control, yet capable of strong endurance ; adventurous beyond the conception of ordinary men, yet wary...
Page 112 - As soon as I was rendered warm and comfortable, a table was set before me with a lamp upon it ; all the Russians in the house sat down round me, and the bottles of spirits, tobacco, snuff, and whatever Perpheela had, were brought and set upon it ; these I presented to the company, intimating that they were presents from Commodore Cook, who was an Englishman. One of the company then gave me to understand, that all the white people I saw there were subjects of the Empress Catherine of Russia, and rose...
Page 249 - He is an accomplished man, and my friend, and has travelled throughout European and Asiatic Russia. I find the little French I have, of infinite service to me. I could not do without it. It is a most extraordinary language. I believe wolves, rocks, woods, and snow understand it, for I have addressed them all in it, and they have all been very complaisant to me. We had a Scythian at table, who belongs to the Royal Society of Physicians here. The moment he knew me and my designs, he became my friend...
Page 297 - ... kindred greetings with all on earth, that bear the stamp of man. This is the third time, that I have been overtaken and arrested by winter ; and both the others, by giving time for my evil genius to rally his hosts about me, have defeated the enterprise. Fortune, thou hast humbled me at last, for I am this moment the slave of cowardly solicitude, lest in the heart of this dread winter, there lurk the seeds of disappointment to my ardent desire of gaining the opposite continent. But I submit.
Page 95 - I had no sooner beheld these Americans, than I set them down for the same kind of people, that inhabit the opposite side of the continent.
Page 372 - I was struck with the manliness of his person, the breadth of his chest, the openness of his countenance, and the inquietude of his eye.
Page 194 - I have been so much the sport of accident," said he, "that I am exceedingly suspicious. It is true, that in this L'Orient negotiation, I have guarded every avenue to future disappointment, with all possible caution; yet this head I wear, is so much a dupe to my heart, and at other times my heart is so bewildered by my head, that in matters of business I have not much confidence in either.
Page 143 - On the fourteenth the captains met to consult what should be done on this alarming occasion ; and the issue of their opinions was, that one of the two captains should land with armed boats and a guard of marines at Kiverua, and attempt to persuade Teraiobu, who was then at his house in that town, to come on board upon a visit, and that when he was on board he should be kept prisoner, until his...

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