America and the Americans; Notions Picked Up by a Travelling Bachelor Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...of the east, the great landed proprietors of the middle states, and the planters of the south. It is rather tempered than destroyed by the division of states, of religion, or of habits. It is said even to begin to exhibit itself among the French of Louisiana, who are already to be distinguished from their kinsmen in Europe by greater gravity of eye and mien. It is even so contagious, that no foreigner can long dwell within its influence without contracting more or-less of its exterior. It does not arise from unavoidable care, since no people have less reason to brood over the calamities of life. There is no Cassius-like discontent to lead the minds of men into plots and treasons; for, from the time I, entered the country to the present moment, vor.. 1. Q. COLDNESS OF MANNERS ACCOUNTED FOR. amidst the utmost latitude of political discussion, I have not heard even a whisper against the great leading principles of the government. In despair of ever arriving at the solution of doubts which so completely baflied all conjecture and experience, I threw myself on the greater observation of Cadwallader for the explanation of a habit which, the more I reflected, only assumed more of the character of an enigma. His answer was sufliciently sententious, though, when pressed upon the subject, he was not unwilling to support ' it by reasons that certainly are rather plausible, if not just. To the question--" To what do you ascribe the characteristic grave demeanour of your countrymen?" the reply was, " To the simplicity of common sense!" This was startling, and at first, perhaps, a little offensive; but you shall have his reasons in his own words. " You admit yourself that the peculiarity which you mention is solely...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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