A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 18 eBook

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809.  Mellish’s Travels through the United States of America, 1816-17. 2 vols. 8vo.—­This is perhaps as impartial and judicious an account of the United States as any that has lately appeared.

810.  Lettres d’un Cultivateur Americain, 1770-86.  Par M. St. John de Crevecoeur.  Paris, 1787. 3 vols. 8vo.—­We give the French edition of this work in preference to the English, because it is much fuller.  This work of a Frenchman, long settled in the Anglo-American colonies, gives, in an animated and pleasing manner, much information on the manners of America at this period, the habits and occupations of the new settlers, and on the subject of natural history.

811.  Voyages dans les Etats Unis, 1784.  Par J.F.D.  Smith.  Paris, 1791. 2 vols. 8vo.—­Virginia, Maryland, the two Carolinas, and Louisiana, parts of North America, not so often visited by travellers as the northern states, are here described with considerable talent, and in a pleasing style.  We are not acquainted with the English work, of which this professes to be a translation.

812.  Nouveau Voyage dans les Etats Unis, 1788.  Par Brissot.  Paris, 3 vols. 8vo.—­Statistics, religion, manners, political economy, agriculture, commerce, manufactures, the arts and sciences, are here treated of in a sensible, but rather an uninteresting manner.

813.  La Rochefoucault’s Travels to the United States of America, 1799. 2 vols. 4to.—­Agriculture, statistics, manufactures, commerce, national and domestic habits, form the chief topic of these volumes, which, allowing for some prejudices, present a fair picture of America at this period.

814.  Tableau du Climat et du Sol des Etats Unis.  Par C.F.  Volney. 1803. 2 vols. 8vo.—­Though physical geography and statistics form the principal portion of this valuable work, yet it is by no means uninstructive on the subject of national and domestic character; and it enters fully into the condition of savage life.

Particular histories and descriptions have been published of several of the United States; we shall merely notice such as are the result of personal observation, and as give interesting and instructive information respecting their past or present state.

815.  Belknap’s History of New Hampshire, 1792.  Boston, 3 vols. 8vo.—­The two first volumes are historical, but many things in them are instructive to those who wish to trace the formation of character:  the third volume relates to climate, soil, produce,&c.

816.  The History of Virginia, by a Native and Inhabitant of the place.  R.B.  Beverley. 1722. 8vo.—­The first part is purely historical; in the second, the author gives an account of the productions of the country; the third relates to the manners, &c. of the Indians; the fourth is political.  There are, besides, many pertinent remarks on the physical geography of Virginia, and on its climate and diseases.

817.  Notes on Virginia.  By Thos.  Jefferson. 1788. 8vo.—­Politics, commerce, manufactures, and navigation, are here treated of in a satisfactory and instructive manner, but with rather too much the air of philosophy.

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