Letters on the Eastern States

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Kirk & Mercein [William A. Mercein, printer], 1820 - 356 páginas

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Página 6 - 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.
Página 6 - 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 dost 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 runn'st toward him still.
Página 6 - For all the accommodations that thou bear'st, Are nurs'd by baseness: Thou art by no means valiant; For thou dost fear the soft and tender fork Of a poor worm : Thy best of rest is sleep, And that thou oft provok'st; yet grossly fear'st Thy death, which is no more...
Página 19 - 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,...
Página 6 - 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. Friend hast thou none ; For thine own bowels, which do call thee sire, The mere effusion of thy proper loins, 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...
Página 252 - ... 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.
Página 105 - ... the spirit of commerce will become that predominant power, which will form the general policy, and rule the powers of Europe : and hence a grand commercial interest, the basis of a great commercial dominion, under the present scite and circumstances of the world, will be formed and arise. The rise and forming of this commercial interest is what precisely constitutes the present crisis.
Página 319 - 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,...
Página 220 - This preserves their health and energy; and in this way we may go on to a great increase of manufactures, till we are able to supply as much as we consume, though we may always find it convenient to import some articles. But to have large manufacturing cities, swarming with labourers, who are mere spinning mules and jennies — who are reduced...

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