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Hector St. It is here then that the idle may be employed, the useless be- come useful, and the poor become rich; but by riches I do not mean gold and silver, we have but little of those metals; I mean a better sort of wealth, cleared lands, cattle, good houses, good cloaths, and an increase of people to enjoy them.

However, the work proved to be instantly popular in England for a variety of reasons. Iw——n Al——z" describing his visit to the botanist John Bartram, [12] but who is presumed to also be writing to Mr F. Let historians give the detail of our charters, the succession of our several governors, and of their administrations, of our political struggles, and of the foundation of our towns: let annalists amuse themselves with collecting anecdotes of the establishment of our modern provinces: eagles soar high — I, a feebler bird chearfully content myself with skipping from bush to bush, and living on insignificant insects.

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Without a pre-determined conceptual scheme each of our sense impacts would be unintelligible Essay Tags:. I'll tell you what I intend to do; I'll send you to my house, where you shall stay two or three weeks, there you must exercise yourself with the axe, that is the principal tool the Americans want, and particularly the back-settlers.

There, remote from the power of example, and check of shame, many families exhibit the most hideous parts of our society.

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You shall have besides good victuals to eat, and good beds to lie on; will all this satisfy you, Andrew? There can be only one. A very imperfect one. But thee shalt not escape so, verily I will send for her; thee and she must settle the matter, whilst I proceed on my work, before the sun gets too high. The glimpses of such ironies as the opium habits of Nantucket housewives and claims of Providence giving the Europeans land that Natives had inhabited for so long must serve to poke the conscience of anyone who would proclaim that America ever was, is at present or ever will be "perfect" the way it is. From this promiscuous breed, that race now called Americans have arisen. How could the person who never possessed any thing, conceive that he could extend his new dominion over this land, even after he should be laid in his grave? Yes, Sir, with the little breast I have brought with me. It should be read as a novel: the first attempt, and a persuasive one, at a great American novel. Who could withhold good advice? This is no place of punishment; were I a poor hopeless, breadless Englishman, and not restrained by the power of shame, I should be very thankful for the passage.

The great moving principles which actuate both parties are much hid from vulgar eyes, like mine; nothing but the plausible and the probable are offered to our contemplation. For my part, I think Andrew's amazement did not imply any extraordinary degree of ignorance; he was an actor introduced upon a new scene, it required some time ere he could reconcile himself to the part he was to perform.

As farmers they will be careful and anxious to get as much as they can, because what they get is their own. Such is our progress, such is the march of the Europeans toward the interior parts of this continent.

The account of the property he acquired with his own hands and those of his son, in four years, is as under: Dollars The value of his improvements and lease

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Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur