Travels in Canada, and the United States, in 1816 and 1817 [NOOK Book]

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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. 1818 Excerpt: ...and active population may be most ab'vantageously employed; but the ideal world is not included in her domain; it has, perhaps in mercy,'been assigned to thone-nations which hare learned to feel, by being compelled to suffer. § 3.--SOCIETT. ' " When musick and the fine arts," (says the Marquis de Chastellux,...
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Travels in Canada, and the United States, in 1816 and 1817

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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. 1818 Excerpt: ...and active population may be most ab'vantageously employed; but the ideal world is not included in her domain; it has, perhaps in mercy,'been assigned to thone-nations which hare learned to feel, by being compelled to suffer. § 3.--SOCIETT. ' " When musick and the fine arts," (says the Marquis de Chastellux, and a Frenchman must be allowed a voice on such subjects,) " come to prosper in Philadelphia: when society once becomes easy and gay, and they learn to accept of pleasure when it presents itself, without a formal invitation; then may foreigners enjoy all the advantages peculiar to their manners and government, without envying any thing in Europe." To which his translator subjoins, by way of commentary; " It is very certain, that any person educated in Europe, and accustomed to the luxury of musick and the fine arts, and to I heir enjoyment in the two capitals of France and England, must find a great void in these particulars in America."--A lapse of thirty-five years has not diminished the truth of these observations. Society in Philadelphia, (and what may be said on this point, with regard to Philadelphia, applies with double force to all other parts of America, is yet in its infancy. By society, I mean the art of combining social qualities, so as to produce the highest degree of rrtional enjoyment; this supposes a common stock of ideas, on subjects generally interesting, and a manner of givine them circulation, by which the self-love of each may be at once roused, and satisfied. Publick amusements, the arts, such literary and philosophical topics as require taste and sensibility, without supposing a faliguing depth of erudition, a morality rather graceful than austere, and a total absence of dogmatism on all subjects...
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  • BN ID: 2940022098440
  • Publisher: London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1818 volume
  • File size: 600 KB

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