John Bull in America, Or, The New Munchausen

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Charles Wiley, 1825 - Satire, American - 228 pages
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Page 112 - Chorus — Yankee Doodle, keep it up, Yankee Doodle, dandy, Mind the music and the step, And with the girls be handy.
Page 3 - Bay, which we entered just before sun-set ; and being favoured with a fine fair wind from the north, came up to the wharf in about two hours from entering the Capes. Coming up, we saw the famous sea-serpent ; but he was nothing to those I had frequently seen in the Serpentine, so called from its abounding in these articles. Being very anxious to go on shore, I desired one of the sailors to call a hack, which very soon arriving...
Page 128 - Such is the extent of this practice of smoking tobacco, that at a certain period of the year, during the autumn, when the people of the country have finished gathering in the products of their fields, and their leisure time comes, they commence a smoking festival, in which every man, woman, and child partakes.
Page ii - In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled " An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the author* and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned.
Page 81 - Finding it was the custom of the country, and that there was no getting along without it, and that drink I must or starve, I took to the bottle, and soon got employment in sweeping the streets and other miscellaneous matters. Agreeably to the good old maxims of English prudence, I determined in my own mind, only to drink up three-fourths of my wages, and to save the rest, to buy a farm in the western country, where I intended to go and set up for a member of congress, when I had qualified myself...
Page 49 - ABOUT daylight I was roused by a most horrible noise, which resembled nothing I had ever heard before. On going upon deck, I perceived the whole surface of the water, as far as the eye could reach, covered with immense bull-frogs, who leapt and croaked, to the infinite delight of these...
Page 40 - I embarked on a steamboat for New York. These steamboats, all the world knows, were invented by Isaac Watts, who wrote the Book of Psalms. Yet the spirit of democracy, as usual, has claimed the honour for one Moulton, or Fulton, I forget which . . . Being determined to hold as little communication as possible with the turbulent spirit of democracy, without asking any questions I took the stage, crossed a bridge to the north of Boston, which bestrides the Potomac river, and in less than half an hour...
Page 6 - ... while every boy has a little negro, of about his own age, to torture for his pastime. The blacks here, as I was assured by his excellency the Governor, whose name is Hancock, have but one meal a day, which is principally potatoes, and fare little better than the miserable Irish or English peasantry at home. The Governor told me a story of a man who tied his black servant naked to a stake, in one of the neighbouring canebrakes, near the city, which abound with a race of mosquitoes that bite through...
Page ii - Office, the title of a Book, the right whereof lie claims as Proprietor, in the words following — to wit...
Page 7 - ... blacks. Next to the continual recurrence of these disgusting exhibitions of cruelty, the most common objects seen in the streets of Boston, are drunken men, women and children. I was assured by the mayor, Mr. Phillips, one of the most charitable and philanthropic men in the state of Maine, that, on an average, every third person was drunk every day, by nine o'clock, in the morning. The women, however, don't get -fuddled...

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