Salmagundi: Or, The Whim-whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq. [pseud.] and Others

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1860 - American wit and humor - 493 pages
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Page 338 - Jefferson, in his Notes on Virginia, says, " The legislative powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
Page 92 - 1806, and was published in New York by Ezra Sargent, 39 Wall Street, with the motto from Hamilton: "Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greater number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people— commencing demagogues and ending tyrants." Feb. 7, 1807, a fortnight after its publication, Fessenden notices
Page 271 - of our old haunts, and told a hundred adventures which had befallen us at different times. It was like snatching the hour-glass of time, inverting it, and rolling back again the sands that had marked the lapse of years. At length the shadows began to lengthen, the south wind gradually settled into a perfect
Page 427 - and unaccountable appearance of a mysterious individual. The object of this solicitude was a little black-looking man, of a foreign aspect, who took possession of an old building, which having long had the reputation of being haunted, was in a state of ruinous desolation, and an object of fear to all true believers in ghosts. He
Page 139 - music struck up from an adjoining apartment and summoned the company to a dance. The sound seemed to have an inspiring effect on honest Will, and he procured the hand of an old acquaintance for a country dance. It happened to be the fashionable one of "the Devil among the Tailors,
Page 283 - almanac. Straddle was equally successful with the Giblets, as may well be supposed ; for though pedestrian merit may strive in vain to become fashionable in Gotham, yet a candidate in an equipage is always recognized, and like Philip's ass, laden with gold, will gain admittance everywhere. Mounted in his curricle or his gig, the candidate
Page 203 - dancing-master in the city, were enlisted in their service ; and the willing wights most courteously answered their call; and fell to work to build up the fame of the Giblets, as they had done that of many an aspiring family before them. In a little time the young ladies could dance the waltz, thunder Lodoiska,
Page 211 - required to be approached with the same awe and devotion that a Tartar feels in the presence of his Grand Lama. If a gentleman offered to take her hand, except to help her into a carriage, or lead her into a drawingroom, such frowns! such a rustling of brocade and taffeta ! her very paste
Page 273 - I don't intend to do the thing in a hurry, depend upon it" On this whimwham he proceeded. He began with young girls, and ended with widows. The girls he courted until they grew old maids, or married out of pure apprehension of incurring certain penalties hereafter ; and the widows, not having quite as much patience,
Page 135 - dismay. As he still retained a spark of regard for the lady who once reigned in his affections, he had been at unusual pains in decorating his person, and broke upon my sight arrayed in the true style that prevailed among our beaux some years ago. His hair was turned up and tufted at the top, frizzled

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