A Diary in America: With Remarks on Its Institutions, Količina 2

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Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1839
 

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Stran 249 - On Dower; comprising a Digest of the American Decisions, and the Provisions of the Revised Statutes of the State of New- York.
Stran 70 - The natives always endeavoured to build upon high ground, or at least to erect the house of their cacique or chief upon an eminence. As the country was very level, and high places seldom to be found, they constructed artificial mounds of earth, capable of containing from ten to twenty houses; there resided the chief, his family, and attendants.
Stran 242 - They object to everything nude in statuary. When I was at the house of Governor Everett at Boston, I observed a fine cast of the Apollo Belvidere, but, in compliance with general opinion, it was hung with drapery, although Governor Everett himself is a gentleman of refined mind and high classical attainments, and quite above such ridiculous sensitiveness. In language it is the same thing: there are certain words which are never used in America, but an awkward substitute is employed.
Stran 220 - I presume, from their cautious, calculating habits; and they have always more or less of a nasal twang. I once said to a lady, 'Why do you drawl out your words in that way?' 'Well,' replied she, 'I'd drawl all the way from Maine to Georgia, rather than clip my words as you English people do.' Many English words are used in a very different sense from that which we attach to them; for instance, a clever person in America means an amiable good-tempered person, and the Americans make the distinction...
Stran 178 - About an acre and a half was surrounded on the four sides by cabins built up of rough boards ; the whole area in the centre was fitted up with planks, laid about a foot from the ground, as seats. At one end, but not close to the cabins, was a raised stand, which served as a pulpit for the preachers, one of them praying, while five or six others sat down behind him on benches.
Stran 179 - Outside the area, which may be designated as the church, were hundreds of tents pitched in every quarter, their snowy whiteness contrasting beautifully with the deep verdure and gloom of the forest. These were the temporary habitations of those who had come many miles to attend the meeting, and who remained there from the commencement until it concluded —usually, a period of from ten to twelve days, but often much longer. The tents were furnished with every article necessary for cooking; mattresses...
Stran 40 - ED. half between the two, through which a canal will be cut,1 and then there will be another junction between the lakes and the Far West. It was my original intention to have taken the usual route by Chicago and Galena to St. Louis, but I fell in with Major F , with whom I had been previously acquainted, who informed me that he was about to send a detachment of troops from Green Bay to Fort Winnebago, across the Wisconsin territory. As this afforded me an opportunity of seeing the country, which...
Stran 21 - Columbia, for declining or refusing to accept any challenge to fight a duel, or to engage in single combat with any deadly or dangerous instrument or weapon whatever, or shall post or publish, or cause to be posted or published, any writing charging any such person so declining or refusing to accept any such challenge, to be a coward, or using any other opprobrious or injurious language therein, tending to degrade and disgrace such person for so...
Stran 106 - Very ingenious, Messieurs," he said, "but who made all that?" Here is another story, also about a warrior, Captain Martin Scott, that famous crack-shot of our southwestern frontier. "I was once buffalo hunting in Arkansas," said the doughty captain. "I was on a strong, well trained horse, pursuing a bull, when we arrived at a rent or crack in the prairie, so wide that it was necessary for the animals to leap it. The bull went over first, and I, on the horse, following it close, rose on my stirrups,...
Stran 222 - I opinion quite the contrary." The word considerable is in considerable demand in the United States. In a work in which the letters of the party had been given to the public as specimens of good style and polite literature, it is used as follows:— "My dear sister, I have taken up the pen early this morning, as I intend to write considerable." (Life and Remains of Charles Pont.) The word great is oddly used for fine, splendid. "She's the greatest gal in the whole Union.

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