Paulding's Works: Letters from the South, by a Northern man

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Stran 12 - Save base authority from others' books. • These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights, That give a name to every fixed star, Have no more profit of their shining nights, Than those that walk, and wot not what they are.
Stran 208 - I shall feel no pain from the toil or danger of the campaign; my unhappiness will flow from the uneasiness I know you will feel from being left alone. I therefore beg that you will summon your whole fortitude and pass your time as agreeably as possible. Nothing will give me so much sincere satisfaction as to hear this, and to hear it from your own pen.
Stran 208 - I should return. That was the case. It was utterly out of my power to refuse this appointment without exposing my character to such censures as would have reflected dishonor upon myself, and given pain to my friends. This, I am sure, could not, and ought not, to be pleasing to you, and must have lessened me considerably in my own esteem.
Stran 86 - Dicky became a person of great distinction in the beau monde, and has ever since decided on the afl'airs of France, with as little opposition as the allied powers do at this time. So long as this distinction is attained to in society, merely from the circumstance of having been a year or two abroad, it is to be feared that our young men will continue as heretofore, better acquainted with every other country than their own; which of all others is best worthy of their attention, as of all others it...
Stran 72 - ... his cheek in a manner not to be borne. The wagoner flapped his hands against his hips, and crowed like a cock ; the batteauxman curved his neck, and neighed like a horse. Being, however, men of rather phlegmatic habits, they kept their tempers so far as not to come to blows just then. In a few minutes the wagoner swore "he had the handsomest sweetheart of any man in all Greenbriar.
Stran 11 - ... in the minds of those who love to indulge in the contemplation of beautiful scenes. We are the sons of earth, and the indissoluble kindred between nature and man, is demonstrated by our sense of her beauties. I shall not soon forget last evening, which Oliver and myself spent at this place. It was such as can never be described — I will therefore not attempt it ; but it was still as the sleep of innocence — pure as ether, and bright as immortality.
Stran 208 - I shall rely therefore confidently on that Providence, which has heretofore preserved and been bountiful to me, not doubting but that I shall return safe to you in the fall. I shall feel no pain from the toil or...
Stran 208 - But as it has been a kind of destiny that has thrown me upon this service, I shall hope that my undertaking it is designed to answer some good purpose. You might, and I suppose did, perceive, from the tenor of my letters...
Stran 9 - ... he had never seen before, who carried a great fin on his back, was shaped like a sunfish, and hissed ten times louder than his neighbours. The existence of a valley somewhere in this part of the world, containing a vast number of rattlesnakes, is believed by many well-informed people ; but as to the little fellow with the fin, his being must remain a matter of doubt for the present.

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