Extracts of the Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852 Volume 2

Extracts of the Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...Nothing, indeed, can be more picturesque than the variety of female dresses from the different cantons and districts of Switzerland, to be seen in this market--more of them odd than graceful, but all serving to make that interesting variety, the absence of which one regrets in the appearance of a people where there are no regular dresses for different classes. Left Berne. The road through a cultivated country with fine woods. The houses all constructed a la Bernoise, which gives a great idea of comfort to a farm-house. Tuesday, 26.---Arrived at Soleure in the afternoon. Our passport was taken at the gate by the French troops upon guard there, with a promise to bring it to us that evening. I wished to send for it, fearing any delay next morning, but the waiter assured me no mistake could be made, that the son of the landlord was one of the municipal officers who would viser the passport and send it. Still the passport did not arrive, and in spite of the waiter's assurances I began to be uneasy. I had seen in our walk about the town more French soldiers, hussars, and infantry, than in all the rest of Switzerland beside, and I began to suspect that their will, whatever that might be, would here be law. About nine o'clock, when my father had already retired to his room, the municipal officer begged to speak to me upon the subject of our passport; it had never been brought by the soldiers to his office, but had been carried to the French commandant; that we were entirely in the power of the French military, who, he added, were unfortunately his masters as well as ours. Upon this I desired immediately to speak to the commandant de la place, who luckily happened to be at supper in the house, and I prevented my father from going to bed, as his presence...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665589
  • 9781236665584