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Page 310 - ... manure, without which agriculture can never be carried to any degree of perfection. Indeed, whatever efforts a few individuals may make for the benefit of their own eftates, hufbandry in France will never be generally improved, until the farmer is free and independent. From the frequency of towns and villages, I...
Page 486 - ... which merit attention: but they serve only to encumber the ground, and destroy that effect of rural simplicity, which our gardens are designed to produce. In a word, here we see a variety of walks and groves and fountains, a wood of four hundred pines, a paddock with a few meagre deer, a flower-garden, an aviary, a grotto, and a fish-pond ; and in spite of all these particulars, it is, in my opinion, a very contemptible garden, when compared to that of Stowe in Buckinghamshire, or even to those...
Page 277 - ... mots all the time she was within. But I should be glad to know, whether it is possible for a fine lady to speak and act in this manner, without exciting ideas to her own disadvantage in the mind of every man who has any imagination left, and enjoys the entire use of his senses, howsoever she may be authorised by the customs of her country?
Page 248 - I must be better informed touching the different methods of travelling in this country. Dover is commonly termed a den of thieves ; and I am afraid it is not altogether without reason it has acquired this appellation. The people are said to live by piracy in time of war ; and by smuggling and fleecing strangers in time of peace ; but I will do them the justice to say, they make no distinction between foreigners and natives. Without all doubt a man cannot be much...
Page 287 - I am under to hire a -valet de place > as my own fervant does not fpeak the language. You cannot conceive with what eagernefs and dexterity thofe rafcally valets exert themfelves in pillaging ftrangers.
Page 253 - France was acquired in that kingdom, and that therefore it would be unjust to convey it to another country. If an English Protestant goes to France for the benefit of his health...
Page 293 - This variety of dress is absolutely indispensable for all those who pretend to any rank above the mere bourgeois. On his return to his own country, all this frippery is useless.
Page 355 - The small extent of country which I see, is all cultivated like a garden. Indeed, the plain presents nothing but gardens, full of green trees, loaded with oranges, lemons, citrons, and bergamots, which make a delightful appearance. If you examine them more nearly, you will find plantations of green...
Page 245 - You knew, and pitied my situation, traduced by malice, persecuted by faction, abandoned by false patrons, and overwhelmed by the sense of a domestic calamity, which it was not in the power of fortune to repair.
Page 531 - Many of the commons, enriched by commerce and manufacture, grow impatient of those odious distinctions, which exclude them from the honours and privileges due to their importance in the commonwealth ; and all the parliaments, or tribunals of justice in the kingdom, seem bent upon asserting their rights and independence in the face of the king's prerogative, and even at the expence of his power and authority.