Letters from England, Volume 1

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814 - England
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Page 181 - Bithunos liquisse campos et videre te in tuto. o quid solutis est beatius curis? cum mens onus reponit, ac peregrine labore fessi venimus larem ad nostrum, desideratoque acquiescimus lecto.
Page 296 - English, and they talk .of their own liberty ; but there is no liberty in England for the poor. They are no longer sold with the soil, it is true ; but they cannot quit the soil, if there be any probability or suspicion that age or infirmity may disable them. If in such a case they...
Page 6 - The perpetual stir and bustle in this inn is as surprising as it is wearisome. Doors opening and shutting, bells ringing, voices calling to the waiter from every quarter, while he cries " coming," to one room, and hurries away to another.
Page 143 - And thus is there a perpetual exhibition of whatever is curious in nature or art, exquisite in workmanship, or singular in costume ; and the display is perpetually varying as the ingenuity of trade, and the absurdity of fashion, are ever producing something new.
Page 82 - I took the other side of the street for the sake of the shop windows, and the variety was greater than I had expected. It took me through a place called Exeter Change, which is precisely a Bazar, a sort of street under cover, or large long room, with a row of shops on either hand, and a thoroughfare between them...
Page 123 - ... from his chrysalis state into the butterfly world of high life. Here are the Hesperides, whither the commercial adventurers repair, not to gather but to enjoy their golden fruits. Yet this metropolis of fashion, this capital of the capital itself, has the most monotonous appearance imaginable. The streets are perfectly parallel and uniformly extended brick walls, about forty feet high, with equally extended ranges of windows and doors, all precisely alike, and without any appearance of being...
Page 151 - This remains down summer and winter, though in summer our matting would be far more suitable, if the fashion were once introduced. Before the fire is a smaller carpet of different fabric, and fleecy appearance, about two varas long, and not quite half as broad; a fashion of late years which has become universal, because it is at once ornamental, comfortable, and useful, preserving the larger one, which would else soon be worn out in that particular part.
Page 296 - If in such a case they endeavour to remove to some situation where they hope more easily to maintain themselves, where work is more plentiful, or provisions cheAper^ the overseers are alarmed ; the intruder is apprehended as if he were a criminal, and sent back to his own parish. Wherever a pauper dies, that parish must be...
Page 297 - ... to his own parish. Wherever a pauper dies, that parish must be at the cost of his funeral : instances therefore have not been wanting, of wretches in the last stage of disease having been hurried away in an open cart upon straw, and dying upon the road. Nay, even women in the very pains of labour have been driven out, and have perished by the way-side, because the birth-place of the child would be its parish.
Page 315 - Perhaps some puritanical feeling may have been mingled with this despicable pride, some leaven of the old Iconoclastic and Lutheran barbarism ; but as long as the names of Barry and of sir Joshua Reynolds are remembered in this country, and .remembered they will be as long as the works and the fame of a painter can endure, so long will the provoking absurdity of this refusal be execrated*. The monuments and the body of the * A story, even less honourable than this to the dean and chapter of St.

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