A Visit to Europe in 1851, Volume 2

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G. P. Putnam, 1853 - Europe
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Page 53 - And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days.
Page 89 - He scarce had ceased when the superior Fiend Was moving toward the shore; his ponderous shield, Ethereal temper, massy, large, and round, Behind him cast; the broad circumference Hung on his shoulders like the moon, whose orb Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views At ev'ning from the top of Fesole, Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands, Rivers or mountains in her spotty globe.
Page 289 - War, it displayed in its buildings all the splendour arising from flourishing commerce and the residence of the Court of the Electors Palatine of the Rhine. It has been five times bombarded, twice laid in ashes, and thrice taken by assault and delivered over to pillage. In 1622 (the fatal period of the Thirty Years...
Page 233 - It is an endless scroll — a stream of time — upon whose stainless ground is engraven the succession of events, whose dates far transcend the memory of living man.
Page 277 - University the collections in science are extensive and valuable in all the principal departments of natural history, and the specimens are arranged and put up with skill and taste. There is here the most gigantic camel which I have seen in any collection ; the brown shaggy hair hangs in large and thick tufts from .the chin and limbs, and lies flat upon the back. There are here also excellent fossil fresh-water fishes, and capital saurians of the tenui-rostris family, from Wirtemberg. The laboratory...
Page 242 - There, on the 27th of June, 1787, between eleven and twelve at night, he wrote the last line of the last page of his rich and gorgeous work on the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.
Page 318 - In fulfilment of this appointment, we went at one, and were admitted by bis faithful servant, the companion of many an arduous journey. His mansion is a plain edifice, situated in a retired part of the city ; and he would not have been now at home had not the king gone to Konigsberg ; for his residence is generally with the king, at Potsdam, who keeps him near his person, as his father did before him, not only for his society and conversation, but, no doubt, also as a counsellor, wise from his many...
Page 318 - ... yielded to our promptings, whenever we suggested an inquiry, or alluded to any particular topic; for we did not wish to occupy the time with our own remarks any further than to draw him out. He has a perfect command of the best English, and speaks the language quite agreeably. There is no stateliness or reserve about him ; and he is as affable as if he had no claims to superiority.
Page 321 - HUMBOLDT. 321 of rapid extinction. However imposing this spectacle may be, which is being realized under our eyes, and is preparing another still more remarkable for the history of the intellectual development of our races ; I already descry the distinct epoch, when a high degree of civilization, and institutions free, firm and peaceful (three elements which are not easily associated), shall penetrate into the tropical regions where the high table lands of Mexico, Bogota, Quito, and Potosi shall...
Page 157 - In 1517, certain excavations, that were made for repairing the city of Verona, " brought to light a multitude of curious petrifactions...

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