A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in All Parts of the World, Volume 4

Longman, 1809

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Page 135 - ... he takes it with him into a room, and turns a machine enclosed in a cylindrical case, at the top of which is an electrometer, a small fine pith ball; a wire connects with a similar cylinder and electrometer in a distant apartment; and his wife, by remarking the corresponding motions of the ball, writes down the words they indicate; from which it appears that he has formed an alphabet of motions. As the length of the wire makes no difference in the effect, a correspondence might be carried on...
Page 116 - Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden ; give him a nine years lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert.
Page 139 - Walking, which in London is so pleasant and so clean that ladies do it every day, is here a toil and a fatigue to a man and an impossibility to a well-dressed woman.
Page 190 - ... construction of a new and better order and fabric of liberty than Europe has yet offered. It will now be seen whether they will copy the constitution of England, freed from its faults, or attempt, from theory, to frame something absolutely speculative: in...
Page 136 - One opinion pervaded the whole company, that they are on the eve of some great revolution in the government: that every thing points to it: the confusion in the finances great; with a deficit impossible to provide for without the states-general of the kingdom, yet no ideas formed of what would be the consequence of their meeting: no minister existing, or to be looked...
Page 186 - ... greater part of the countrywomen in France ; it speaks, at the first sight, hard and severe labour : I am inclined to think, that they work harder than the men, and this, united with the more miserable labour of bringing a new race of slaves into the world, destroys absolutely all symmetry of person and every feminine appearance.
Page 408 - Upon almost every cause that came before them interest was openly made with the judges : and woe betided the man who, with a cause to support, had no means of conciliating favour, either by the beauty of a handsome wife or by other methods.
Page 142 - (near Dunkirk), 'where M. le Brun has an improvement on the dunes, which he very obligingly showed me. Between the town and that place is a great number of neat little houses, built each with its garden, and one or two fields enclosed, of most wretched, blowing, dune sand, naturally as white as snow, but improved by industry. The magic of property turns sand to gold...
Page 413 - ... that, in my opinion, might have been avoided. It flowed only from carrying things to extremities — from driving the nobility out of the kingdom, and seizing, instead of regulating, the whole regal authority.
Page 407 - ... was burthened; but I could not then conceive the multiplicity of the shackles which kept them poor and depressed. I understood it better afterwards, from the conversation and complaints...

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