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Title: Journal of a Year's Residence in the United ...
Binding: Dec 01, 1964
Book Condition: Used: Good
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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. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ... also true, that your description of the hardships you encountered is very candid; but still, there runs through out the whole of your Notes such an account as to the prospect, that is to say, the ultimate effect, that the book is, without your either wishing or perceiving it, calculated to deceive and decoy. You do indeed describe difficulties and hardships; but, then, you overcome, them all with so much ease and gayety, that you make them disregarded by your English readers, who, sitting by their firesides, and feeling nothing but the grip of the Boroughmonger's taxgatherer, merely cast a glance at your hardships and fully participate in all your enthusiasm. You do indeed fairly describe th rugged roads, the dirty hovels, the fire in the wood to sleep by, the pathless ways through the wildernesses, the dangerous crossings of the rivers: but, there are the beautiful meadows and rich lands at last: there is theJinefreehold domain at the end! There are the giants and the enchanters to encounter; the slashings and the rib-roastings to undergo; but, then, there is, at last, the lovely languishing damsel to repay the adventurer. 577. The whole of your writings, relative to your undertaking, address themselves directly to English Farmers, who have property to the amount of two or three thousand pounds, or upwards. Persons of this description are, not by your express words, but by the natural tendency of your writings invited; nay, strongly invited, to emigrate with their property to the Illinois Territory. Many have already acted upon the invitation. Many others are about to follow them. I am convinced, that their doing this is unwise, and that it is greatly injurious, not only to them, but to the character of America as a country to emigrate to; and,...
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