The Enterprising Life; John McVickar, 1787-1868
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis 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. 1961 edition. Excerpt: ...ramble in Switzerland made a new man of me. I know not whether by a physical or moral influence--but there was a kind of renewal of youth in that country I never felt before--it seemed as if there was no care on its mountains and nothing but peace in its valleys." CHAPTER 8 A New King for Paris Algiers and a French Revolution... Lafayette, the Deputies, and the Institute... Robes-pierre's Secretary and the Bourgeois King The times were scarcely ideal for a jaunt through France. The effects of the recent political upheaval were everywhere evident. Nevertheless, the professor noted carefully whatever could be seen of the economic condition of the countryside. Disappointed by the scenery, depressed by certain lacks of comfort and cleanliness, the McVickars finally arrived at a Paris that still boasted barricades. But here, as in other cities, they soon found themselves surrounded by friends. And with his usual good fortune in such matters, the professor was not long in meeting men of importance in the intellectual and political circles of France. The first night of their dash to Paris, the McVickars "passed in the Carriage travelling post" after two hours of "vexatious & annoying examination" by the French customs officials. Their road descended "from barren hills to plains equally dull--not quitting the carriage except for a drink of water at a fountain about midnight. La belle France," the professor went on to note, "has no beauties as yet for me--Its plains are wearisome--no trees--no enclosures--no farm houses--& not very fertile (a plain of clay). Its political state contributes to give it an air of melancholy insecurity--the tricolour hangs out from every sign post--desecrates the tower of every church--the national guards in every place under...
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