Great Cities and Remarkable Places

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L. Colby & Company, 1853 - Cities and towns - 128 pages
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Page 57 - This was so different from his customary manner, that Lafayette, who was present on both occasions, could not help remarking it, and he said, after the man was gone; "General, this man seems to be much devoted to you, and yet you have scarcely noticed him." Washington replied, smiling ; " I know I have not been cordial ; I tried hard to be civil, and attempted to speak to him two or three times, but that Continental money stopped my mouth.
Page 17 - MOBILE had suffered very little from the war, and still carried on a brisk commerce with the outer world in spite of the blockade. It is pleasantly situated on a broad plain, and has a beautiful prospect of the bay, from which it receives refreshing breezes. Large vessels cannot come directly to the city, but pass up Spanish River six miles round a marshy island into Mobile river, and then drop down to Mobile.
Page 4 - Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, BY JS REDFIELD, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the Southern District of New York.
Page 82 - Cruz are large, some three stories high, built in the old Spanish or Moorish style, and generally enclosing a square court, with covered galleries. They have flat roofs, glass windows, and are well adapted to the climate: most of them have balconies of wood in front, and the interior arrangement is the same as in Old Spain. The whole town, as well as the castle, is built of coral (the madrepora...
Page 70 - The ground on which it stands is, as might be anticipated from the statement now made, low and swampy ; the largest buildings are erected on piles, and the roads leading to it are raised six or eight feet above the surrounding flat. Though within the tropics, it is so elevated that its mean temperature is only 65 Fahrenheit.
Page 29 - You look round upon scenery which Washington often contemplated; you tread the turf over which he walked ; you see the gardens in which he amused himself; the trees which he planted ; the house, the rooms, the 'chair, which he occupied ; and the humble vault which he himself chose for the repose of his dust. Every thing is consistent; the effect is harmonious and powerful. Mount Vernon alone should be Washington's grave.
Page 33 - An aqueduct supplies the shipping with water, and turns the sawmills in the dock-yard. The houses are almost all of only one story, and of a Gothic structure. The principal ones are built of stone, and covered with terraces, having large apartments, yet little ornamented. The great square is one of the chief ornaments of the city. The population of Havannah was much increased by Napoleon's invasion of Spain, and by the revolutions in Spanish America.
Page 113 - The cupola is spherical, and ornamented with arabesque paintings and gildings of great beauty. Between the mosques is a handsome marble fountain for ablutions. On the opposite side of the city, in the Latin quarter, called...
Page 14 - ... immediately provisioning and bringing the troops to headquarters. The three vessels which had arrived at Pensacola, joined by another, soon after sailed from that port for Mobile, and on the 15th of September appeared off Fort Bowyer. The town of Mobile, where general Jackson had his head-quarters, is situated on the west side of the Mobile river, at its entrance into the bay of the same name. Mobile bay is about...
Page 62 - It is a compact and uniformly-built city. The streets, though not very wide, are straight, and intersect each other at right angles. The houses, of stone, are generally two stories high, with flat roofs, having mostly a court in the centre, surrounded by open galleries and a fountain of water, conveyed thither through earthen pipes.

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