The Traveller's Steamboat and Railroad Guide to the Hudson River: Describing the Cities, Towns, and Places of Interest Along the Route

Gaylord Watson, 1867 - 50 頁


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第 7 頁 - As I had occasion to pass daily to and from the buildingyard, while my boat was in progress, I have often loitered unknown near the idle groups of strangers, gathering in little circles, and heard various inquiries as to the object of this new vehicle. The language was uniformly that of scorn, or sneer, or ridicule.
第 8 頁 - I elevated myself upon a platform and addressed the assembly. I stated that I knew not what was the matter, but if they would be quiet and indulge me for half an hour, I would either go on or abandon the voyage for that time.
第 38 頁 - With a mixture of great surprise and astonishment, I have read with attention the sentiments you have submitted to my perusal. Be assured, sir, no occurrence in the course of the war has given me more painful sensations than your information of there being such ideas existing in the army as you have expressed, and I must view with abhorrence and reprehend with severity.
第 7 頁 - Never did a single encouraging remark, a bright hope, or a warm wish, cross my path.
第 7 頁 - The moment arrived in which the word was to be given for the vessel to move. My friends were in groups on the deck. There was anxiety mixed with fear among them. They were silent, and sad, and weary.
第 8 頁 - I went below, and ascertained that a slight maladjustment was the cause. It was obviated. The boat went on ; we left New York ; we passed through the Highlands ; we reached Albany ! — Yet even then, imagination superseded the force of fact. It was doubted if it could be done again; or if it could be made, in any case, of any great value.
第 7 頁 - When, said he, I was building my first steam-boat at New York, the project was viewed by the public either with indifference or with contempt, as a visionary scheme. My friends, indeed, were civil, but they were shy. They listened with patience to my explanations, but with a settled cast of incredulity on their countenances. I felt the full force of the lamentation of the poet, " Truths would you teach, to save a sinking land, All shun, none aid you, and few understand.
第 38 頁 - I am much at a loss to conceive what part of my conduct could have given encouragement to an address which to me seems big with the greatest mischiefs that can befall my country.
第 29 頁 - That Major Andre ought to be considered as a spy, and that agreeably to the laws and usages of nations he ought to suffer death.
第 7 頁 - ... partners of my mortification, and not of my triumph. I was well aware, that in my case there were many reasons to doubt of my own success. The machinery was new and...