Potomac Landings

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Doubleday, Page, 1921 - Historic buildings - 376 pages

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Page 264 - Country-Dances; tho' they struck several Marches occasionally — The Music was a French-Horn and two Violins — The Ladies were Dressed Gay, and splendid, & when dancing, their Silks & Brocades rustled and trailed behind them! — But all did not join in the Dance for there were parties in Rooms made up, some at Cards; some drinking for Pleasure; some toasting the Sons of america; some singing "Liberty Songs...
Page 15 - Salvages in Canowes, well loaden with the flesh of Beares, Deere, and other beasts, whereof we had part...
Page 84 - In witness whereof the master or purser of the said ship hath affirmed to three bills of lading, all of this tenor and date, the one of which three bills being accomplished, the other two to stand void, and so God send the good ship to her desired port in safety. Amen.
Page 15 - Savages up a little bayed creeke, towards Onawmanient, where all the woods were layd with ambuscado's to the number of three or foure thousand Salvages, so strangely paynted, grimed and disguised, shouting, yelling and crying as so many spirits from hell could not have shewed more terrible.
Page 83 - The English there are very hospitable, but they are not proper persons to trade with. You must look out when you trade with them, Peter is always by Paul, or you will be struck in the tail; for if they can deceive any one, they account it among themselves a Roman action. They say in their language, " He played him an English trick ;" and then they have themselves wellesteemed.
Page 25 - ... the most pleasant and healthful place- in all this country, and most convenient for habitation, the air temperate in summer and not violent in winter. It aboundeth with all manner of fish. The Indians, in one night commonly, will catch thirty sturgeons in a place where the river is not above twelve fathom broad. And as for deer, buffaloes, bears, turkeys, the woods do swarm with them, and the soil is exceedingly fertile, but above this place the country is rocky and mountainous like Cannida.
Page 264 - The Dinner was as elegant as could be well expected when so great an Assembly were to be kept for so long a time.— For Drink, there was several sorts of Wine, good Lemon Punch, Toddy, Cyder, Porter &c.— About Seven the Ladies & Gentlemen begun to dance in the Ball-Room— first Minuets one Round; Second Giggs; third Reels; And last of All Country-Dances; tho...
Page 324 - It would have been a less painful circumstance to me to have heard, that in consequence of your non-compliance with their request, they had burnt my House and laid the Plantation in ruins. You ought to have considered...
Page 244 - England, very few of good conversation would adventure thither, (as thinking it a place wherein surely the fear of God was not), yet many came, such as wore Black Coats, and could babble in a Pulpit, roar in a Tavern, exact from their Parishioners and rather by their dissoluteness destroy than feed their Flocks.
Page 17 - ... that aboundance of fish, lying so thicke with their heads above the water, as for want of nets (our barge driuing amongst them) we attempted to catch them with a frying pan ; but we found it a bad instrument to catch fish with...

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