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Page 24 - Neither the perseverance of Holland, nor the activity of France, nor the dexterous and firm sagacity of English enterprise, ever carried this most perilous mode of hardy industry to the extent to which it has been pushed by this recent people ; a people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
Page 23 - We know that whilst some of them draw the line and strike the harpoon on the coast of Africa, others run the longitude and pursue their gigantic game along the coast of Brazil.
Page 142 - The writer of this memoir knows an instance which occurred at the beginning of this century, and the individual concerned, a wealthy and respected banker of Boston, is still living among us, in which a youth of nineteen commanded a ship on her voyage from Calcutta to Boston, with nothing in the shape of a chart on board, but the small map of the world in Guthrie's Geography.
Page 104 - Spain, and their respective people, subjects and inhabitants, as well as upon sea, as upon land, and fresh waters, in all and every their Kingdoms, lands, countries, Dominions, confines, Territories, provinces, islands, plantations, cities, villages, towns, ports, rivers, creeks, bays...
Page 285 - I don't know what would have become of me if I hadn't been married to the best man in the world.
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Page 5 - Stories" chronicles the success of " Lion Ben," in his bold endeavor to supply, by inventive shrewdness, the lack of money, and make his lumber carry itself to a foreign market.
Page 49 - This was twenty-five years before either James Ramsey, of Berkley county, Virginia, succeeded in propelling his "flying boat," as it was called by the people against the current of the Potomac at Shepherdstown, by steam alone, at the rate of four or five miles an hour ; and also twenty years before Fitch, in 1780, accidently meeting Ramsey in Winchester, imparted to him his idea of propelling boats by steam.* We know, nor hear, nothing more of the young man Wm.
Page 22 - Atlantic ; and, in order to obviate the necessity of stripping it, diminishing the fertility of the soil, exposing it to tempests, drying up the springs, and defacing its beauty...
Page 145 - With fire wood at fifty cents a cord it did not pay to save the trees for fuel, especially since the ashes were a valuable fertilizer which would produce an increase in the next year's crop worth more than the value of the cord wood in the market. Some of the logs were split into rails and used to make the "worm-fencest...

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