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. 1845 Excerpt: ...night had closed in upon me, and brought with it a dense and apparently impenetrable fog, which chilled my limbs, and cast a gloom over me so intense and disagreeable that a feeling of awe--(not one of fear, dear reader)--crept over and completely disheartened me. It was as dark and cheerless a road as the most romantic in search of adventure could wish to find. The rain, which had fallen in torrents during the day, had rendered the turnpike (!) a perfect mud-pond, on either side of which was a dense, frowning forest, (if indeed brush and leaf, briar and rock, relieved by an occasional tree, which looked so lonely and demure that it seemed ashamed of the company it was keeping, may be called by that name,) which appeared to be impervious and everlasting. The very heavens themselves, as they were seen above the fog, were scowling and angry; and the clouds impetuously rushed athwart the gloom, with a fury that reminded one of that day, when, as poets and divines tell us, the universe shall be rent in pieces and destroyed. Feeling the importance of reaching a place of shelter as quickly as possible, I urged on my jaded beast; but an hour passed and found me still in the road--still surrounded by those eternal woods, that dense fog, and those murky clouds, from which the rain had for some time descended in torrents. The scene had become so full of gloom, that my imagination began to devise a thousand fearful calamities, which might overtake me ere I escaped from this frightful place. My mind reverted also to those far away; those whom I had left behind,--dear and kind friends, in whose society all was sunshine, and happiness, and joy; and I regretted, for the moment, that I had left them to travel through these wretched woods, that seemed to be full of the blac...
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