The United States Democratic Review Volume 40

The United States Democratic Review Volume 40

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...The significant, animated brightness of his eyes, as well as the elevated noble form of his forehead, betokened superior mental capacity. The earnest, and we may say melancholic tendency, of his disposition was very often and easily turned to humorous hilarity. He adopted this country for his permanent home--leaving the beautiful clime of France many years ago; and notwithstanding his being a stranger, he was sincerely and faithfully addicted to the institutions and the government of this Republic. He was the owner of a large number of slaves, who regarded themselves perfectly happy as his chattels as they were. Readerl do not smile ironically at this assertion, which tells you that slaves were happy; for a slave may be happy just as well as a millionaire may be unhappy. A slave knows but little of what it is to be happy, and is contented if he has a good, humane master, while the rich knows too much of it, and never become satisfied. There is no millionaire in whose heart and bosom satisfaction dwells. And, as to the slaves of Mr. Lafonte, we do not exaggerate if we say, that they were unquestionably better off than the negroes in the free States, or than the free white domestics of many others; and lastly, that they acknowledged M. Lafonte to be the best master in the whole State, which indeed was a great distinction, at least in those by-gone times. The family circle of Mr. Lafonte was very small. It comprised only his 1daughter, Fanny, and an adopted member, Miss Judith, the governess of the ormer. If we are compelled to speak about Miss Judith, we cannot help confessing that she was an old maid. Our uncourteous audacity will not bring any danger upon us, for she departed long since to a better home, to a " more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236918045
  • 9781236918048