A Year's Residence in the United States of America: Treating of the Face of the Country, the Climate, the Soil, the Products, the Mode of Cultivating the Land, the Prices of Land, of Labour, of Food, of Raiment; of the Expenses of Housekeeping, and of the Usual Manner of Living; of the Manners and Customs of the People; and of the Institutions of the Country, Civil, Political, and Religious, Part 1

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Page 40 - ... a nothing! But now came rushing into my mind, all at once, my pretty little garden, my little blue smock-frock, my little nailed shoes, my pretty pigeons that I used to feed out of my hands, the last kind words and tears of my gentle and tender-hearted and affectionate mother ! I hastened back into the room. If I had looked a moment longer, I should have dropped.
Page 39 - Hill," meant, with us, the utmost degree of height. Therefore the first object that my eyes sought was this hill. I could not believe my eyes! Literally speaking, I for a moment thought the famous hill removed, and a little heap put in its stead; for I had seen in New Brunswick a single rock, or hill of solid rock, ten times as big, and four or five times as high! The post-boy, going...
Page 57 - ... to level and clear the ground. With this task before us, every man, from the highest to the lowest, was armed with an axe in one hand and a gun in the other ; the former for attacking the woods, the latter for defence against the savage hordes which were constantly prowling about.
Page 45 - ... on to the large one; and, the proportion they bear to each other, in point of dimensions, is, as nearly as possible, the proportion of size between a cow and her calf, the latter a month old. But, as to the cause, the process has been the opposite of this instance of the works of nature, for it is the large house which has grown out of the small one.
Page 39 - Hill ; and from that hill I knew that I should look down into the beautiful and fertile vale of Farnham. My heart fluttered with impatience, mixed with a sort of fear, to see all the scenes of my childhood, for I had learned before, the death of my father and mother.
Page 5 - Early habits and affections seldom quit us -while we have vigour of mind left. I was brought up under a father, whose talk was chiefly about his garden and his fields, with regard to which he was famed for his skill and his exemplary neatness. From my very infancy, from the age of six years, when I climbed up the side of a steep...
Page 66 - ... enough for them to charm the sight and the smell, must have names, too, to delight the ear. All these are wanting in. America. Here are, indeed, birds, which bear the name of robin, blackbird, thrush, and goldfinch ; but, alas ! the thing at Westminster has, in like' manner, the name of parliament, and speaks the voice of the people, whom it pretends to represent, in much about the same degree that' the black-bird here speaks the voice of its namesake in England.
Page 23 - England. 28. Very very hot. The Thermometer 85 degrees in the shade ; but a breeze. Never slept better in all my life. No covering. A sheet under me, and a straw bed. And then, so happy to have no clothes to put on but shoes and trowsers ! My window looks to the East. The moment the Aurora appears I am in the Orchard. It is impossible for any human being to lead a pleasanter life than this How I pity those, who are compelled to endure the stench of cities ; but, for those who remain there without...
Page 38 - Hall, and the abbey church, and the bridge, and looking from my own windows into St. James's Park, all other buildings and spots appear mean and insignificant. I went to-day to see the house I formerly occupied. How small ! It is always thus : the words large and small are carried about with us in our minds, and we forget real dimensions.

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