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Page 49 - What do you think? Here is good drink, Perhaps you may not know it; If not in haste, Do stop and taste E You merry folk will show it.
Page 338 - As days went on he was able to take a house in Hunter Street, Brunswick Square, No. 54 (the windows of it, fortunately for me, commanded a view of a marvellous iron post, out of which the watercarts were filled through beautiful little trap-doors, by pipes like boaconstrictors; and I was never weary of contemplating that mystery, and the delicious dripping consequent...
Page 48 - Across the road the barns display Their lines of stalls, their mows of hay. Through the wide doors the breezes blow, The wattled cocks strut to and fro, And, half effaced by rain and shine, The Red Horse prances on the sign.
Page 349 - Many gentlemen around Richmond," wrote Aubury, "though strongly attached to the American cause, have shown the liberality and hospitality so peculiar to this province, in their particular attention and civilities to our officers who are quartered here and in the adjacent country.
Page 350 - Tuckahoe, which being the Indian name of that creek, he named his plantation Tuckahoe after it; his house seems to be built solely to answer the purposes of hospitality, which being constructed in a different manner than in most other countries, I shall describe it to you : It is in the form of an H, and has the appearance of two houses, joined by a large saloon ; each wing has two stories, and four large rooms on a floor ; in one...
Page 252 - ... screens, small lacquered tables a foot square and half as high for serving food, hibachi or braziers, several folding screens, a standing mirror of burnished steel, and dishes of lacquer and porcelain form the entire list, with...
Page 350 - ... incommoded by the sun, and by the doors of each of the houses and those of the saloon being open, there is a constant circulation of air ; they are furnished with four sophas, two on each side, besides chairs, and in the centre there is generally a chandelier; these saloons answer the two purposes of a cool retreat from the scorching and sultry heat of the climate, and of an occasional ball-room. The outhouses are detached at some distance, that the house may be open to the air at all sides.
Page 340 - ... so that at a jog-trot pace, and through the panoramic opening of the four windows of a post-chaise, made more panoramic still to me because my seat was a little bracket in front, I saw all the high-roads and most of the cross ones of England and Wales, and a great part of lowland Scotland, as far as Perth, where every other year we spent the whole summer.
Page 350 - It is built on a rising ground, having a most beautiful and commanding prospect of James River; on one side is Tuckahoe, which being the Indian name of that creek, he named his plantation Tuckahoe after it; his house seems to be built solely to answer the purposes of hospitality, which being constructed in a different manner than in most other countries ; I shall describe it to you : It is in the form of an H, and has the appearance of two houses...
Page 259 - ... of the life demands. There is no ornament for the sake of ornament, no woodwork or carving not demanded by the exigencies of construction, no striving for picturesque effect through fantastic irregularity, no overloading of unnecessary decoration, no confusion of furnishings, no litter of trivial and embarrassing accessories. The spirit of ornamented construction and no other ornament whatever that characterized Greek architecture finds its echo in Asia. As a result the effect is more reserved,...