The Adventures Of Captain Bonneville By Washington Irving

























































































































 -  His book was
his elysium; once immersed in the pages of Voltaire, Corneille,
or Racine, or of his favorite English - Page 2
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His Book Was His Elysium; Once Immersed In The Pages Of Voltaire, Corneille, Or Racine, Or Of His Favorite English Author, Shakespeare, He Forgot The World And All Its Concerns.

Often would he be seen in summer weather, seated under one of the trees on the Battery, or the

Portico of St. Paul's church in Broadway, his bald head uncovered, his hat lying by his side, his eyes riveted to the page of his book, and his whole soul so engaged, as to lose all consciousness of the passing throng or the passing hour.

Captain Bonneville, it will be found, inherited something of his father's bonhommie, and his excitable imagination; though the latter was somewhat disciplined in early years, by mathematical studies. He was educated at our national Military Academy at West Point, where he acquitted himself very creditably; thence, he entered the army, in which he has ever since continued.

The nature of our military service took him to the frontier, where, for a number of years, he was stationed at various posts in the Far West. Here he was brought into frequent intercourse with Indian traders, mountain trappers, and other pioneers of the wilderness; and became so excited by their tales of wild scenes and wild adventures, and their accounts of vast and magnificent regions as yet unexplored, that an expedition to the Rocky Mountains became the ardent desire of his heart, and an enterprise to explore untrodden tracts, the leading object of his ambition.

By degrees he shaped his vague day-dream into a practical reality.

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