Letters from the Mountains: Being the Real Correspondence of a Lady, Between the Years 1773 and 1803, Volume 1

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806 - Highlands (Scotland)

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Page 66 - In such a night Stood Dido with a willow in her hand Upon the wild sea-banks, and waft her love To come again to Carthage.
Page 83 - ... glen so narrow, so warm, so fertile, so " overhung by mountains which seem to meet " above you — with sides so shrubby and woody ! " — the haunt of roes and numberless small birds. " They told me it was unequalled for the "chorus of 'wood-notes wild' that resounded
Page 144 - No conversation fatigues so soon as that which is made up of points and epigrams; and the accomplished rhetorician, who could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope, must have been a most intolerable companion.
Page 179 - ... a lodging in their offices, and an abundant fupply of milk and vegetables. The third object to which their wifdom and humanity were directed was, the protection and comfort of new fettlers, on their neighbouring boundary, to whom they were ever ready to extend a helping hand, both in the way of advice and affift.ance. Indeed, fo well did they underftand the interefts and defence of that growing colony, and the important frontier. on which they lived, that every new governor always came up to...
Page 112 - Infernal world, and thou profoundeft Hell Receive thy new poffeflbr; one who brings A mind not to be chang'd by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itfelf Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
Page 60 - Shall I not be proud of a father, the fon of fuch fathers, of whofe fame he is the living record ? Now, what is my cafe is every other highlander's; for we all contrive to be wonderfully happy in our anceftry ; and by this means, the fages here get a great deal of reverence and attention, not ufually paid to the ftruldbruggs of other countries.
Page 98 - ... reared together ; the latter follow the former, and eat up thyme, pennyroyal, and other aromatic herbs, which the former will not touch. I was not sorry to leave Maryborough, the neighbourhood of which Mrs. Grant, in her Letters from the Mountains, has very justly described : — " It is a sea-port without being animated ; it is a village without the air of peace and simplicity ; it is military without being either gay or bold-looking ; it is country without being rural ; it is Highland without...
Page 179 - My father attracted Madame Schuyler's notice by his piety, not very frequently a distinguishing feature in the military character. I will not tire you with the detail of all the little circumstances that gradually acquired me the place in her favor which I ever continued to possess. She saw me reading Paradise Lost...
Page 29 - So they should, having a double claim ! their father having been a model of manly grace in his day. And here I could find in my heart to stop and rail at the world ; one hears so little about him, he is so quietly passed over to make room for dashers and boasters, and fighters and talkers. He does not wish to be talked of, 'tis certain, but then I would not have them quite so complaisant as to give...
Page 3 - I like to laugh too, at times ; but the difficult thing is to get one " foft, modeft, melancholy female fair," that will be grave with me, and enter into my ferious and Iblemn reflections, when I have them.

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