Journal of a Tour in Germany, Sweden, Russia, Poland, in 1813 and 1814, Volum 1


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Pàgina 285 - When shall all this come to pass?" — A dead silence prevailed; but on my crying out a second time, the young king answered me, saying, This shall not happen in your time, but in the days of the sixth sovereign after you. He shall be of the same age as I appear now to...
Pàgina 368 - ... shoes was supplied by a mis-shapen bag of dried seal-skin: the harness of their horses consisted of nothing more than a plain collar attached to the shafts of the cart or sledge; the horse's neck was thrust in, and he had nothing to do but proceed; the contrivance, it must be added, answers all the purposes of draught, because neither here nor in Sweden is the animal trained to resist the weight of the carriage on a descent, however steep it may be.
Pàgina 366 - The burden of providing these necessary marks is a duty that falls upon the inhabitants of the several parishes respectively; notice is given at the church as soon as the ice may be reckoned secure, and certain distances are allotted to the share of each individual. Without such an arrangement all communication would be...
Pàgina 389 - ... but persons of strong masculine habit, carrying a stubborn and listless mien, that, combined with their majestic stature, seemed by no means devoid of dignity: while the coloured ornaments with which they were set off lent them an air of grotesque magnificence, not ill according with the shewy buildings that surrounded us; every object, in short, which met our eyes, partook of the same character, and bore a hint of Asiatic origin.
Pàgina 54 - Brandebourg; on the left to the royal palace, .along a line of lofty facades ornamented with porticos, statues, and every variety of sculptural decoration. No imagination can conceive a scene, in the strict sense of the word, more beautiful than what is here presented. The old town lies in the centre of the place, encircled by the branches of the Spree, that in earlier times formed the fosse of its fortifications. This part however possesses no great interest, except as giving specimens of the style...
Pàgina 315 - Gottenburgh, was entirely cut off; the packet-boat came in sight, but was inaccessible from the regions of broken ice that encircled the coast: an hundred guineas were offered to any one that would undertake the perilous office of fetching the mails ashore; yet even this temptation was held out in vain, and after waiting more than a fortnight' the vessel returned to Harwich.
Pàgina 446 - The police, from its inquisitorial nature, has infinite sources of gain ; they sell the liberty of the press, defraud the stranger, plunder robbers of their stolen goods, and receive fees alike of the accuser and the accused. Provincial officers, favour the wealthy merchant with the permission to introduce contraband goods ; and again, out of the number of slaves sent by the seigneur for the imperial levies, they select the empty-handed peasant for military service : in the former case, the agents...
Pàgina 200 - ... around seemed to accord in still but pleasing harmony. Over the face even of the people themselves one spirit of tranquil gladness seemed to prevail; and they viewed the various novelties presented to their eyes with a sober and almost phlegmatical complacency. Early in the course of this month the severity of the cold began to be felt, and the natives shrouded themselves in their first surtouts for the winter. There are certain pleasures, notwithstanding, that accompany this season^ The preceding...
Pàgina 84 - Rain influence, and judge the prize Of wit or arms, while all contend To win her grace whom all commend.
Pàgina 310 - As to the general effects of the constant cold on the body, I cannot help remarking that the women of all classes both here, and as I afterwards observed in Russia, seemed to be much less affected than the men. It may be that they seldom stay out of doors for so great a length of time as the other sex, but it is certainly true that the influence of the climate on the body varies much in degree upon different habits; there may therefore possibly be some physical reason for this distinction.

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