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Page 171 - I should like to be buried there ; and let me beg of you, as you value your old friend, not to suffer any pomp to be used at my funeral ; nor any monument, nor monumental inscription whatsoever, to mark where I am laid : but lay me quietly in the earth, place a sun-dial over my grave, and let me be forgotten.
Page 52 - The palace was constructed of blocks of ice, cut out of the winter covering of the Neva, which were from two to three feet in thickness, according to necessity. Being properly formed and adjusted to each other, water was poured between them, which being soon frozen, acted...
Page 55 - Russia, a banya, or bath, apparently formed of balks, which is said to have been sometimes heated, and even to have been appropriated to use. " The appearance of the ice palace, it is said, was remarkably splendid when lighted up in the evening with numerous candles. Amusing transparencies were usually suspended in the windows, to increase the effect ; and the emission of flames by the dolphins and the elephant, all tended to excite greater surprise while the people beheld the crystalline mass.
Page 52 - It consisted of a single story, the front of which was provided with a door and fourteen windows; the frames of the latter, as well as the panes, being all formed of ice. The sides of the doors and of the windows were painted in imitation of green marble. On each side of the door was a dolphin, from the mouths of which, by means of naphtha, volumes of flame were emitted in the evening.
Page 75 - It wears an appearance of great magnificence, though the style of architecture is cumbrous and heavy. It was erected for the accommodation of the Russian Sovereigns, during their visits to Moscow; the inhabitants of which city pretend that none of them durst take up a lodging within its walls, being kept much more in awe of their subjects than they are at Petersburg. It is said the Empress Catherine used to call Moscow her little haughty republic.
Page 54 - ... of slippers, and two night-caps of the same cold material. Behind the cannon, the mortars, and the dolphins, stretched a low balustrade. On each side of the building was a small entrance.
Page 54 - ... a quarter of a pound of powder being also used for a charge. The interior of the edifice had no ceiling, and consisted of a lobby and two large apartments, one on each side, which were well furnished, and painted in the most elegant manner, though formed merely of ice.
Page 60 - ... earth. When the road is new, it is remarkably good ; but, as the trunks decay or sink into the ground, and as the sand or earth is worn away, or washed off by the rain, (as is frequently the...
Page 55 - Crowds of visiters were continually seen around this fantastic and unique construction, which remained entire from the beginning of January almost to the middle of March. The glassy fabric then began to melt, and was soon afterwards broken into pieces, and the ruins were conveyed to the imperial icecellar.* On the wisdom displayed in the construction of this costly emblem of mundane glory, the reader may make his own comment.