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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. 1800 edition. Excerpt: ...to thofe of an old man long conversant with the world: and in soundness of understanding you have shewn, and wiU shew, a depth which has not fallen to the lot of. '" Your sincere. humble' servant, .: Hor. Waelpoee. F. S. I will call on you in a few days, and fay more on'the' particulars. of your letter. ' '....; ( Heroism. l 'ti;.'.' T-. '.... '.About a hundred' letters os compliment or civility will. be pmitted. Thofe only are selected which contain literary. fects, or uncommon thoughts. The following generone action has always struck me extremely; there is somewhat even of sublime in it. A great inundation having taken place in the north of Italy, owing to an excessive fall of snow in the Alps, followed by a speedy thaw, the river Adige carried ofF a bridge near Verona, except the middle part, on which was the lrouse of the toll-gatherer or porter, I forget which; and who, with his whole samily, thus remained imprisoned by the waves, and kv mo- mentary danger of destruction. They were discovered from the banks, stretching forth: their hands, screaming, and imploring saccaur, while fragments of this remaining arch wete eontinually dropping into the water. in this extreme danger, a nobleman, . who was. present, a count of Puiverini, I think, held out a purse of one hundred sequins, as a=reward to any adventurer who would take a boat, and'deliver this unhappy family. But the risk was fo great of being borne down by the rapidity of the stream, of being dashed against the.fragment of the bridge, or of being crushed by the falling stones, that not one, in the vast number.ef spectators, had courage enough to attempt such an exploit. A.peasant, passing along, was informed of the propofed reward. Immediately jumping into a boat, he, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236513584
  • 9781236513588