The Englishwoman In America By Isabella Lucy Bird
























































































































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I Have Endeavoured To Give A Faithful Picture Of What I Saw And Heard, Avoiding The Beaten Track As Much As Possible, And Dwelling Principally On Those Things In Which I Knew That My Friends Were Most Interested.

Previously to visiting the United States, I had read most of the American travels which had been published; yet

From experience I can say that even those who read most on the Americans know little of them, from the disposition which leads travellers to seize and dwell upon the ludicrous points which continually present themselves.

We know that there is a vast continent across the Atlantic, first discovered by a Genoese sailing under the Spanish flag, and that for many years past it has swallowed up thousands of the hardiest of our population. Although our feelings are not particularly fraternal, we give the people inhabiting this continent the national cognomen of "Brother Jonathan," while we name individuals "Yankees." We know that they are famous for smoking, spitting, "gouging," and bowie-knives - for monster hotels, steamboat explosions, railway collisions, and repudiated debts. It is believed also that this nation is renowned for keeping three millions of Africans in slavery - for wooden nutmegs, paper money, and "fillibuster" expeditions - for carrying out nationally and individually the maxim

"That they may take who have the power, And they may keep who can."

I went to the States with that amount of prejudice which seems the birthright of every English person, but I found that, under the knowledge of the Americans which can be attained by a traveller mixing in society in every grade, these prejudices gradually melted away.

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