Travels in Russia, and a residence at St. Petersburg and Odessa, in the years 1827-1829

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1830 - 486 pages
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Page 216 - With every wild absurdity comply, And view each object with another's eye; To shake with laughter ere the jest they hear, To pour at will the counterfeited tear ; And, as their patron hints the cold or heat...
Page 216 - To pour at Will the counterfeited Tear ; And as their Patron hints the Cold or Heat, To shake in Dog-days, in December sweat.
Page 206 - But it must not for a moment be imagined, that simplicity of character is at all connected with the gross ignorance of a Russian ; on the contrary, in cunning he surpasses all people. The Greek of Athens, the Jew of Salonica, even the Armenian, so celebrated for his duplicity, must yield the palm of jinesse to the bearded Muscovite.
Page 212 - The police, from its inquisitorial nature, has infinite sources of gain ; they sell the liberty of the press, defraud the stranger, plunder robbers of their stolen goods, and receive fees alike of the accuser and the accused. Provincial officers, favour the wealthy merchant with the permission to introduce contraband goods ; and again, out of the number of slaves sent by the seigneur for the imperial levies, they select the empty-handed peasant for military service : in the former case, the agents...
Page 212 - ... pillage; in the latter, the surgeons and procureurs follow pari passu the example of their superiors. It would be endless to attempt a catalogue of these enormities, all of which, nevertheless, custom has sanctioned with, as it were, a prescriptive right. The sums paid are regarded only as regular fees or perquisites of office: the functionaries themselves have been bred up with the knowledge of no other system, and are surprised to hear a foreigner say that acts which are done openly every day...
Page 88 - ... I went from house to house as the work called, or, when I had nothing to do, had seen on my idle saunterings. My lack of imagination (for imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young) obliged me to set down quite straightforwardly what I had seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears.
Page 48 - ... humbler classes ; a glance at the List of Imports annexed to the present Volume will give an idea of the general quantity consumed. In the South of Russia they are striving to improve indigenous wine; but as yet it is not so good even as that of Ackerman, which enjoys a certain degree of reputation. After all, the best, the purest, the most grateful, the most healthy, the most delightful, and really national beverage of the inhabitants of St. Petersburg!], is the water of the Neva.
Page 144 - Tillages are of mud, and the towns of logs of wood, and the two capitals moonshine. There is no chance of seeing a handsome woman ; the gentlemen are all ignoramuses, and the common people brutes. The government is despotic ; the police troublesome ; and the dogs bite differently from English dogs.
Page 195 - ... Indians east of the mountains initiated the war when they came over here and insisted that these Indians drive out the whites. In the meantime the Indians were given their lands back again. The Indians killed as many whites as the whites killed Indians. They had been living at peace with the whites and would have continued to do so had it not been for the Indians east of the mountains. I think that a mean advantage of the Indians was taken at that treaty." "I think there were as many whites killed...
Page 358 - was never obeyed; that the pretence only was made ; and that it still reposes within the walls of the church, though nobody can or will tell in what place. The coffin was removed, and all inscriptions in memorial of Potyemkin were obliterated ; but a new grave was dug, and covered over with flags which had been purposely taken up ; and there the mortal remains of this once great Prince were consigned to eternal oblivion.

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