Personal Narrative of Travels in the United States and Canada in 1826. With Remarks on the Present State of the American Navy, Volume 4

W.A. Ainsworth, 1827 - 207 pagina's

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Pagina 63 - She has only been built seven years, and, from want of common attention and care, is already falling rapidly into decay. I afterwards learned that this vessel was an instance of the cunning, I will not call it wisdom, which frequently actuates the policy of the Americans.
Pagina 177 - So far the prospects of the emigrant are encouraging and agreeable. But let us turn for a moment to the other side of the picture. Let us contemplate the exile seeking the portion allotted to him in the wilds of the forest, with the compass for his guide, doomed to endure in his wretched loghut the rigours of a Canadian winter, without a human being for many miles around to break his solitude or assist his labours.
Pagina 63 - ... a war-complement of their choicest seamen. She proceeds to cruize in. the Mediterranean, where she falls in with the fleets of European powers, exhibits before them her magnificent equipment, displays her various perfections, and leaves them impressed with exaggerated notions of the maritime power of the country which sent her forth. She returns to port, having effected her object ; and such is the parsimony of the marine department, that she is denied the common expenses of repair. I must, however,...
Pagina 87 - It matters little to the American driver where he sits ; he is indeed in all respects a far different personage from his great-coated prototype in England. He is in general extremely dexterous in the art of driving, though his costume is of a most grotesque description. Figure to yourself a slipshod sloven, dressed in a striped calico jacket, and an old straw hat, alternately arranging the fragile harness of his horses, and springing again upon his box with surprising agility ; careless of the bones...
Pagina 74 - Union, who possess a population which, by their habits and pursuits, are calculated to raise America as a naval power. Let us, then, view their present situation, and consider whether there is much probability of their increasing the means they now possess of adding to the naval strength of their country. The states of New York and New England are now old, settled countries : the population of the former may become more numerous in the back parts of the country, but an increase in that quarter will...
Pagina 58 - Though vilified in our journals, and ridiculed 'upon our stage, they -will be found, upon a nearer inspection, to be brave, intelligent, kind-hearted, and unprejudiced: though impressed with an ardent, perhaps an exaggerated, admiration of their own country, they speak of others without envy, malignity, or detraction.
Pagina 72 - Allcghany mountains, the resemblance will be still greater. By far the greater part of the inhabitants of those distant regions will live and die without ever having placed their feet upon the deck of a ship, and will consequently add nothing to the maritime population of the country ; the rich productions of their fertile valleys will find their way to New Orleans,* and there provide abundant means of carrying on foreign trade ; but the carriers of these productions to the foreign market will either...
Pagina 121 - Unindebted to family or connexions, unsupported by intrigue or faction, he had accomplished the whole business of life at a time when others are only beginning to appear...
Pagina 71 - ... population ? Principally to this, that the inhabitants of the inland parts of France and Spain, which form so large a portion of their population, reside in a country which affords them the means of subsistence, without obliging them to seek it abroad, and they are therefore indisposed to encounter the hardships of a seaman's life. Whereas Great Britain is everywhere surrounded by the ocean; the most inland parts of the island are not very distant from the sea ; and as the productions of the...
Pagina 153 - My first sensation was that of exquisite delight at having before me the greatest wonder, in my opinion, of the world. Strange as it may appear, this feeling was immediately succeeded by an irresistible melancholy. Had this not continued, it might perhaps have been attributed to the satiety incident to the complete gratification of " hope long deferred ;" but so far from diminishing, the more I gazed the stronger and deeper the feeling became.

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