Letters Concerning the Present State of the French Nation: Containing a Comprehensive View of the Political State, Agriculture ... Theatre, Literature and Writers; with a Complete Comparison Between France and Great Britain in Respect of Extent, Fertility ... Academies, Societies, &c. &c. &c

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W. Nicoll, 1769 - France - 498 pages

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Page 77 - France, which well deferVes our regard, is the coafting trade by fea, in order to bring the product of the fouth parts of France to thofe of the north, for the fupply of the great city of Paris, and of all the northern provinces : and this, indeed, is a very confiderable, as well as material part of their trade...
Page 243 - Theatre" are in 9 vols. 8vo. His Italian comedy, in which path he is the author of numerous pieces, has not the merit of the above. His early satires, of which he had written many, being remembered, prevented his admission into the French academy till he was sixty years of age, though he was well entitled to that honour, by his labours and talents, twenty years sooner. He died April, 1658, complaining in his last moments, that...
Page 320 - Je sais, Virgile, admirer tes écrits.... Troie et Carthage , et la rive infernale , Les pleurs d'Evandre, et la mort d'Euriale , Sont des tableaux dont je sens tout le prix : Didon, surtout, n'eut jamais de rivale. Mais que le Tasse a bien mieux exprimé Cet héroïsme ébauché par Homère ! Que d'un pinceau plus fier , plus animé II nous a peint la piété sincère...
Page 45 - They placed the habitation, barn, ftable, garden, and orchard, in the center of each divifion, one half of which was converted into arable lands, and the other into pafture and wood— befides all this, the undertakers furnifhed the farmers with all the cattle neceflary for their firft works.
Page 296 - S'il fubfiftait alors , il était fans mémoire ; De l'avenir, cher KEITH , jugeons par le paffé , Comme avant que je fufle il n'avait point penfé , De même après ma mort quand toutes mes parties Par la corruption feront anéanties , Par un même deftin il ne penfera plus ; Non rien n'eft plus certain, foyons-en convaincus , Dès que nous finiflbns notre ame eft éclipfée.
Page 36 - The writer fpeaks from exceeding good intelligence v and his remarks are extremely pertinent and juft. " After the peace of Aix la Chapelle, almoft all the european nations, by a fort of tacit confent, applied themfelves to the ftudy of agriculture, and continued to do fo, more or lefs, even amidft the univerfal confufion that foon fucceeded. The french found by repeated experience, that they could never maintain a long war, or procure a tolerable peace, without they raifed corn enough...
Page 389 - London, is about five times as great, as at the death of Queen Elizabeth ; and though it cannot be fuppofed, that the number of people in this ifland hath increafed in the fame proportion, yet it is certain that they have very much...
Page 296 - Comme avant que je finTe il n'avait point penfé, De même après ma mort, quand toutes mes parties Par la corruption feront anéanties, Par un même deftin il ne penfera plus; Non, rien n'eft plus certain, foyons-en convaincus, Dès que nous finùTons, notre Ame cit éclipiec.
Page 78 - Dunkirk, &c. thefe are the, chief ports where they unload. The grofs of their loading is delivered in this manner; and from thefe places the. •wines are difperfed over all the northern provinces of. France and the Netherlands; for Dunkirk being a free port, all the merchandizes deftined for Flanders, on board thefe coafting yeflels, are difperfed from Dunkirk by the canals and rivers with which that country abounds.
Page 320 - Dans les plaisirs qu'elle craint et qu'elle aime , Et la vertu qui la vient dégager ! Mais toi, Virgile, aux plus beaux jours du monde, Dans le berceau des plus grands des humains, Dans cette Rome, en héros si féconde, Qui choisis-tu pour père des Romains? Ce n'est pas tout que d'aller fonder Rome ; lu grand dessein demandait un grand homme.

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