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Novalis Including Hymns to the Night

Novalis, George MacDonald, Thomas Carlyle


The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Carlyle, Rudolf Steiner


Vanity Fair

William Thackery


The Revolt of the Netherlands

Friedrich Schiller


An Account of COL. CROCKETT's TOUR to the North and Down East, in the Year of our Lord One Thouosand Eight Hundred and Thirty-Four - His Object Being to Examine the Grand Manufacturing Establisme

by Written by Himself - Col. Crockett

Excerpt:

COL. CROCKETT'S TOUR.

How many excuses there are in these modern days for great men to travel!

Some do it to gain popularity and power, others to retain what they have; some travel on the public purse; others, like men, on their own.

Some go abroad to serve the republic; others go to serve themselves.

Some ingloriously stay in their own part of the country; others extend their views abroad, desirous to know and feel the multiplied blessings which are to be found in every part of this happy land.

This last object had great influence on my mind. I had braved the lonely forests of the West; I had shouldered the warrior's rifle in the far South; but the North and East I had never seen. I seemed to like members of Congress who came from these

parts, and wished to know what kind of constitu

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ents they had. These considerations, in addition to my physician's advice to travel a little for my health, induced me to leave Washington on the 25th day of April, 1834, and steer for the North.

At this time the House of Representatives was engaged on the appropriation bills, and I knew they would consume some two or three weeks , and as I had determined and declared that I would not vote upon an appropriation bill, until I knew where the money was; and as it had been settled by the House that Andrew Jackson was the Government, and held the nation's money, I concluded that the same law which authorized him to seize the public treasure, and remove it from where the , law of the land had placed it, would, by the same kind of forced construction, authorize him to distribute it at his will. It was of little consequence, therefore, for me to remain while those bills were under discussion.

Accordingly, I set out, and during my journey I was so agreeably disappointed in almost every thing I saw, that I thought my friends would be gratified in having a description of the same.

I arrived the same evening at Barnum's Hotel in Baltimore. Uncle Davy, as he is often called, was right glad to see me, perhaps because we were namesakes ; or may be he always likes to see folks patronize his house. He has a pleasant face, any how, and his acts don't belie it. No one need look for better quarters: if they do, it will be because they don't know when they are satisfied.

Baltimore used to be called Mob-town; but they have got a heap better now, and are more orderly than some of their neighbours. Jackson's experiment has worked wonders. His insolent answers to their respectable committees, and their nearness to Washington, which enables them to see the maneuvering of the big and little captains, has opened their eyes, and made clever fellows of them. I love them, for they are like myself. I worshiped the molten image a good while, but when he begun to cut his antics, I cut loose.

Stand your ground, my honest fellows. Your monuments mean something. Look at them inscriptions and memorials of your brothers who fell at North Point . It was not in man-worship they lost their lives. No, it was to defend our country when in danger. We are again in danger —not of bullets and cannon, but bribery and corruption. He who deserts their ranks, and withstands the reward, is twice a Hero. Look at the immortal Washington on that lofty pillar; that K

comes home good to me, and when I saw it, I could not for my life help thinking of Moses, when he hoisted up the golden serpent to cure the Israelites of the poison and venom driven into them by the reptiles that crawled among them. Look on him, and imitate again and again his powerful virtues.

Shortly after I arrived, I was called upon, and asked to eat supper with a number of gentlemen. I went, and passed the evening pleasantly with my friend Wilkes and others.

Early next morning I started for Philadelphia, a place where I had never been. I sort of felt lonesome as I went down to the steamboat . The idea of going among a new people, where there are tens of thousands who would pass me by, without knowing or caring who I was, who are all taken up with their own pleasures, or their own business, made me feel small: and indeed if any one who reads this book has a grand idea of his own importance, let him go to a big city, and he will find he is not higher valued than a coon skin.


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