Travels in some parts of North America: in the years 1804, 1805, & 1806

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Printed for W. Alexander, 1815 - United States - 312 pages
 

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Page 100 - His to enjoy With a propriety that none can feel, But who, with filial confidence inspired, Can lift to heaven an unpresumptuous eye, And smiling say —
Page 99 - He looks abroad into the varied field Of nature, and though poor perhaps, compared With those whose mansions glitter in his sight, Calls the delightful scenery all his own. His are the mountains, and the valleys his, And the resplendent rivers : his to enjoy With a propriety that none can feel, But who with filial confidence inspired Can lift to heaven an unpresumptuous eye, And smiling say, My Father made them all.
Page 113 - Pennsylvania," said Robert Sutcliffe, an English Friend who published travels made in 1804-1806, "we meet great numbers of wagons drawn by four or more fine fat horses, the carriages firm and well made, and covered with stout good linen, bleached almost white; and it is not uncommon to see ten or fifteen together travelling cheerfully along the road, the driver riding on one of his horses. Many of these come more than...
Page 68 - I have nothing more to offer than what General Washington would have had to offer, had he been taken by the British, and put to trial by them. I have adventured my life in endeavoring to obtain the liberty of my countrymen, and am a willing sacrifice in their cause ; and I beg, as a favor, that I may be immediately led to execution.
Page 114 - I have seen a mule, a bull, and a cow each miserable in its appearance, composing one team, with a halfnaked black slave or two riding or driving as occasion suited. The carriage or wagon, if it may be called such, appeared in as wretched a condition as the team and its driver.
Page 211 - The poor man had greatly nattered himself with hopes, that considering his time of life, being now about 50 years old, a much smaller sum would have procured his liberty; and it would indeed have purchased that of almost any other slave in the neighbourhood. On finding his master- inexorable, his disappointment and distress were extreme, and, in the anguish of his heart, he determined to leave his wife and children, and take the first opportunity of quitting the country for ever. However he concluded...
Page 230 - ... his usual good nature, desired her to get up behind him ; and, bringing his horse to a convenient place, she mounted, and so rode away upon the bare back. Being without shoes or stockings, her bare legs and feet hung dangling by the side of the governor's horse. Although William Pcnn was at this time both governor and proprietor, he did not think it beneath him, thus to help along a poor bare-footed girl on her way to meeting...
Page 91 - As they sail along the river, on coining near a plantation, they blow a horn or conch shell, to give notice of their arrival ; when the planters, with their wives and daughters, repair to these floating shops, and select such things as they are in want of ; and make payment in the produce of their plantations ; such as grain, flour, cotton, tobacco, dried venison, the skins of wild animals, &c.
Page 112 - ... 12 years of age, are seen walking the streets with baskets on their heads, without any clothing. Some, both men and women, are nearly without clothing; and what little is allowed to many of them is all in rags, Their common full dress is a coarse sacking or linsey woolsey shirt...
Page 70 - In the middle of these primitive sights, Sutcliffe was startled by a contrast such as Virginia could always show. Between Richmond and Fredericksburg — In the afternoon, as our road lay through the woods, I was surprised to meet a family party travelling along in as elegant a coach as is usually met with in the neighborhood of London, and attended by several gayly dressed footmen.

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