The following dialogue passed at an outsettlement, where I lately paid a visit: I must tell you, that there is something in the proximity of the woods, which is very singular. The same sublime hand which guides the planets round the sun with so much exactness, which preserves the arrangement of the whole with such exalted wisdom and paternal care, and prevents the vast system from falling into confusion; doth it abandon mankind to all the errors, the follies, and the miseries, which their most frantic rage, and their most dangerous vices and passions can produce?
These men are more properly law givers than interpreters of the law; and have united here, as well as in most other provinces, the skill and dexterity of the scribe with the power and ambition of the prince: Do you understand me well, said Mr.
Whatever has been said of the four New England provinces, no such degeneracy of manners has ever tarnished their annals; their back-settlers have been kept within the bounds of decency, and government, by means of wise laws, and by the influence of religion.
John Crevecoeur, reprinted from the original ed. The book is the crude, occasionally eloquent, testimony of a man trying desperately to convince himself and his readers that it is possible to live the idealized life advocated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. On this little shell, how very few are the spots where man can live and flourish?
Here man is free; as he ought to be; nor is this pleasing equality so transitory as many others are. James, my wife hath done nothing more to thy bed than what is done all the year round to all the beds in the family; she sprinkles her linen with rose-water before she puts it under the press; 96 HISTORY OF ANDREW, of Indians; I shook hands with them, and I perceived they had killed a cub; I had a little Peack brandy, they perceived it also, we there- fore joined company, kindled a large fire, and ate an hearty supper.
It is in consequence of this straggling situation, and the astonishing power it has on manners, that the back-settlers of both the Carolinas, Virginia, and many other parts, have been long a set of lawless people; it has been even dangerous to travel among them.
Then, I observed, that it must be hard for the poor to live. The climate renders excesses of all kinds very dangerous, particularly those of the table; and yet, insensible or fearless of danger, they live on, and enjoy a short and a merry life: From the edges of the hollow sockets and from the lacerations with which he was disfigured, the blood slowly dropped, and tinged the ground beneath.
His good name procures him credit. Alas, two thirds of them had no country. Pride steps in and leads him to every thing that the laws do not forbid: Those who inhabit the middle settlements, by far the most numerous, must be very different; the simple cultivation of the earth purifies them, but the indulgences of the government, the soft remonstrances of religion, the rank of independent freeholders, must necessarily inspire them with sentiments, very little known in Europe among people of the same class.
The decadence of European civilization makes the American frontier one of the great hopes for a regeneration of humanity. Letters from an American Farmer J. It is no wonder that this country has so many charms, and presents to Europeans so many temptations to remain in it.
As citizens it is easy to imagine, that they will carefully read the newspapers, enter into every political disquisition, freely blame or censure governors and others.
Dutch and German translations were rapidly produced, and prompted by constant demand, editions appeared in such places as Dublin, Paris and Maastricht. We are the most perfect society now existing in the world. Is it then surprising to see men thus situated, immersed in great and heavy labours, degenerate a little?
This great contrast has often afforded me subjects of the most afflicting meditation. Now for a barn, but all in good time, here are fine trees to build with. These new manners being grafted on the old stock, produce a strange sort of lawless profligacy, the impressions of which are indelible.
Would you wish to travel in independent idleness, from north to south, you will find easy access, and the most chearful reception at every house; society without ostentation, good cheer without pride, and every decent diversion which the country affords, with little expence.
However he was soon enlightened, and introduced into those mysteries with which we native Americans are but too well acquainted. Peru abounding in gold, Lima is filled with inhabitants who enjoy all those gradations of pleasure, refinement, and luxury, which proceed from wealth.J.
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Trent and an introduction by Ludwig Lewisohn. Letters from an American Farmer is a series of letters written by French American writer J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur, first published in The considerably longer title under which it. Outline of Letters From an American Farmer.
Letter I: Introduction An American Farmer: The Life of St. John de Crevecoeur, New York: Viking Penguin, ; de Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John. Letters From an American Farmer and Other Essays edited by Dennis D.
Moore. “What, then, is the American, this new man?” In Letters from an American Farmer, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur posed this celebrated question at a pivotal moment in American history. Letter III of Letters from an American Farmer Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur (as James Hector St.
John) written ca.publishedselections. Letters from an American Farmer and Other Essays. J. Hector St.
John de Crèvecoeur Edited by Dennis D. Moore Introduction by Dennis D. Moore.
Feelings and Pleasures of an American Farmer; Letter III: What Is an American? Letter IV: Description of the Island of Nantucket, with the Manners, Customs, Policy and Trade of the Inhabitants.Download