Excerpt from Tuscany in 1849 and in 1859
It will be a mistake, involving such disastrous scenes as Europe has on some three or four not wholly dissimilar occasions witnessed, and still remembers with a shudder, to calculate much at present on the reputation for endurance of a people who, not perhaps for nothing, look daily on that great masterpiece of their mighty countryman, which represents the weakling David in triumph over his giant foe.
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