French Memories of Eighteenth-century America

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byCharles Hitchcock Sherrill

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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. 1915. Excerpt: ... FOREWORD If the reader be not pleased with the following sketch of early American customs, he should blame a certain ancient sofa, and not the author! For it was the said sofa that caused these lines to be written, and it came about in this way: Among some old furniture handed down in our family is an unusually long mahogany sofa, upon which, says tradition, General Lafayette frequently sat when he came to take tea. Tradition further alleged that in the memoirs of some Frenchman (name not given) this fact was set forth at length. Curiosity to read what this unknown had to say upon the subject led through such pleasant literary country that soon the original purpose of the quest gave way to a constantly growing interest in these memoirs and records of the last quarter of the eighteenth century, from the battle of Lexington till the transfer of the Federal Government to the city of Washington. While studying ancient stained glass the author gradually realized that the art's advanced state at the beginning was due to its being merely mosaic transferred from the wall to a window so that the light could shine through, thus enhancing its color value. What he has tried to do in this case is to collect the mosaic out of dusty archives and ancient books, and then set it up where the light of to-day could shine through these bright memories and reveal a completed picture of our ancestors and their times colored to the life. Although no reader of this book can ever receive therefrom one-tenth the pleasure it gave in the writing, nevertheless, the author hopes that it may serve to encourage more and frequent journeys into the literary country it maps--perhaps those journeys will justify the writing of the book. Charles H. Sherbill. 20 East 65th Street, New York City,...

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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. 1915. Excerpt: ... FOREWORD If the reader be not pleased with the following sketch of early American customs, he should blame a certain ancient s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217214797

ISBN - 13:9780217214797

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