Nomenclature of Cities and Towns in the United States: Lecture of David Dudley Field, Before the American Geographical Society, February 26, 1885

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M.B. Brown, 1885 - Names, Geographical - 15 pages
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Page 8 - We stand a small island in the bosom of the great waters. We are encircled, — we are encompassed. The evil spirit rides upon the blast, and the waters are disturbed. They rise, they press upon us, and the waves once settled over us, we disappear forever. Who then lives to mourn us ? None. What marks our extermination ? Nothing. We are mingled with the common elements."* The history of this mission of the orator is necessarily very imperfect.
Page 12 - Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty. Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty.
Page 12 - O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, thus saith the Lord God; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.
Page 5 - Rose like an exhalation, with the sound Of dulcet symphonies and voices sweet, Built like a temple, where pilasters round Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave; nor did there want Cornice or frieze, with bossy sculptures graven; The roof was fretted gold. Not Babylon, Nor great Alcairo such magnificence Equall'd in all their glories...
Page 8 - We stand, a small island in the bosom of the great waters. We are encircled — we are encompassed. The evil spirit rides upon the blast, and the waters are disturbed. They rise ; they press upon us ; and the waves once settled over us we disappear forever. Who, then, lives to mourn us ? None. ; What marks our extermination ? Nothing. We are mingled with the common elements.
Page 4 - Our happiness depends a great deal upon the places in which we live, and the pleasure or pain they give is affected by the names we know them by.
Page 8 - Capetown, Longmeadow, Cherry Valley. So might the name of a founder or prominent inhabitant be taken with an English termination, as Jamestown, Williamstown, Charlestown. But by all means avoid terminations that do not belong to our language. Banish " ville " altogether. It is not English, but French, and only French. It does not fit well with our names. Indeed, it disfigures whatever it touches, making the good bad, and the bad worse. To use it is vilification.
Page 5 - Built like a temple, where pilasters round Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid With golden architrave; nor did there want Cornice or frieze, with bossy sculptures graven : The roof was fretted gold. Not Babylon, Nor great Alcairo, such magnificence Equall'd in all their glories, to enshrine Belus or Serapis their gods, or seat Their kings, when Egypt with Assyria strove In wealth and luxury.

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