Life and Liberty in America: Or, Sketches of a Tour in the United States and Canada in 1857-8

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Harper & Brothers, 1859 - Canada - 413 pages
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Page 360 - O'er PITT'S the mournful requiem sound, And Fox's shall the notes rebound. The solemn echo seems to cry, ' Here let their discord with them die. Speak not for those a separate doom, Whom Fate made Brothers in the tomb ; But search the land of living men, Where wilt thou find their like agen...
Page 253 - The negro slaves of the South are the happiest, and, in some sense, the freest people in the world. The children and the aged and infirm work not at all, and yet have all the comforts and necessaries of life provided for them.
Page 229 - ... the value of a thing is just as much as it will bring...
Page 54 - The worst to know it : — when the mountains rear Their peaks beneath your human foot, and there You look down o'er the precipice, and drear The gulf of rock yawns, — you can't gaze a minute Without an awful wish to plunge within it.
Page 365 - Since it was my misfortune to be discomfited and mortally wounded, it is a great consolation to me to be vanquished by so brave and generous an enemy. If I could survive this wound, I would engage to beat three times the number of such forces as I commanded this morning, with a third of British troops.
Page 253 - They enjoy liberty, because they are oppressed neither by care nor labor. The women do little hard work, and are protected from the despotism of their husbands by their masters. The negro men and stout boys work, on the average, in good weather, not more than nine hours a day.
Page 81 - Its circumference is fourteen miles, and aggregate length of the streets is one hundred and ninetynine miles, and of the avenues sixty-five miles. The avenues, streets, and open spaces, contain three thousand six hundred and four acres; and the public reservations, exclusive of reservations...
Page 253 - ... labor, without a care, or a trouble, as to their wellbeing. The negro slave is free, too, when the labors of the day are over, and free in mind as well as body ; for the master provides food, raiment, house, fuel, and everything else necessary to the physical well-being of himself and family. The master's labors commence just when the slave's end.
Page 232 - I ever feel quite certain whether the oddities of manner and peculiarities of accent were not deliberately adopted with some strange heroic idea of bearing personal testimony to the fact that a man was
Page 254 - You can command, without touching on that capital, three thousand dollars' worth of labor per annum. You could do no more were you to buy slaves with it, and then you would be cumbered with the cares of governing and providing for them. You are a slaveholder now, to the amount of fifty thousand dollars, with all the advantages, and none of the cares and responsibilities of a master. "Property in man" is what all are struggling to obtain.

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