Russia and the Russians, in 1842, Volume 1

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H. Colburn, 1842 - Russia
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Page vi - This work may be considered a kind of supplement to Boswell's Life of Johnson. It is a beautiful picture of society as it existed in manners, taste, and literature, in the early period of the reign of George the Third, drawn by a pencil as vivid and brilliant as that of any of the celebrated persons who composed the circle.
Page v - The best genealogical and heraldic dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage, and the first authority on all questions affecting the aristocracy.
Page 357 - ... iron steps, are gigantic vases that are filled with combustibles on all occasions of public illumination. The erection of the whole, including the quays, occupied nearly twelve years, from 1804 to 1816, a most unheard-of period in St. Petersburg, where a copy of St. Peter's at Rome •was " got up in two years,'' and a new imperial palace rose from its ashes in eleven months.
Page v - ... coldness, of peevishness, of jealousy, or of jar, to the day of our final separation. I ever looked on Lord Keppel as one of the greatest and best men of his age ; and I loved and cultivated him accordingly. He was much in my heart, and 1 believe I was in his to the very last beat.
Page 19 - If you ask a butschnik (a policeman stationed in the street) at one end, about an address, he assures you that his knowledge extends no further than the corner of the house next to him, and that he knows nothing whatever of the other side. In these buildings there are dwellings so remote, that all who live under one roof are not disposed to acknowledge one another as neighbours ; so that there is not much exaggeration in the statement of a traveller who asserts that every house in Petersburg is a...
Page 362 - ... life — a catastrophe but too frequent in other countries. This phenomenon, apparently in contradiction with the preceding observations, may be attributed chiefly to the levity of the Russian temperament, and partly to this, that the Russian merchant, in losing his money, does not consider his honor as a trader and his credit as a man at all affected, because for him nothing of the sort exists. "Bog S'nim," (God with them !) he says of his lost moneys, and begins " S'bogom," (with God) his card-house...
Page 364 - Petersburgh is certainly the largest company of respectable and polished men that is to be seen in Russia, without order or cross of any kind. Besides those silver marks worn by the brokers in their business, as a sign that they have been duly appointed and sworn, and medals of a pound weight hanging about the necks of a few of the Russian merchants, you perceive no distinctions of this sort — nothing but black frocks and simple green surtouts.
Page 360 - ... as they are called, who, in time of peace, enjoy the advantages of denizenship, without its burdens. The English mercantile body call themselves the Petersburg factory. They have their own chapel, and, despising all other nations, but most especially their protectors, the Russians, they live shut up by themselves, drive English horses and carriages, go bear-hunting on the Newa as they do tiger-hunting on the Ganges, disdain to lift the hat to the emperor himself, and, proud of their indispensableness...
Page 360 - ... live shut up by themselves, drive English horses and carriages, go bear-hunting on the Newa, as they do tiger-hunting on the Ganges, disdain to lift the hat to the emperor himself, and, proud of their indispensableness and the invincibility of their fleets, defy everybody, find fault with everything they see, but are highly thought of by the government and by all. because they think highly of themselves, and reside chiefly in the magnificent quay named after them, where, however, many wealthy...
Page v - Peerage and Baronetage' is the most complete, the most convenient, and the cheapest work of the kind ever offered to the public.

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