Letters Descriptive of the Virginia Springs: The Roads Leading Thereto, and the Doings Thereat

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H. S. Tanner, 1837 - Health resorts - 248 pages

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Page 132 - The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia have caused this statue to be erected, as a monument of affection and gratitude to GEORGE WASHINGTON, who, uniting to the endowments of the Hero the virtues of the Patriot, and exerting both in establishing the Liberties of his Country, has rendered his name dear to his Fellow-Citizens, and given the World an immortal example of true Glory.
Page 94 - The passage of the Potomac through the Blue Ridge is, perhaps, one of the most stupendous scenes in nature. You stand on a very high point of land. On your right comes up the Shenandoah, having ranged along the foot of the mountain an hundred miles to seek a vent. On your left approaches the Potomac, in quest of a passage also. In the moment of their junction, they rush together against the mountain, rend it asunder, and pass off to the sea.
Page 132 - HERO the virtues of the PATRIOT, and exerting both in establishing the liberties of his country, has rendered his name dear to his fellow-citizens, and given the world an immortal example of true glory. Done in the year of CHRIST, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, and in the year of the Commonwealth, the twelfth.
Page 27 - To bathe comfortably, you should have a large * The covering has since been rebuilt, with various improvements. cotton morning gown of a cashmere shawl pattern lined with crimson, a fancy Greek cap, Turkish slippers, and a pair of loose pantaloons ; a garb that will not consume much time in doffing and donning.
Page 36 - ... functionaries of all ranks, ex-candidates for all functions, and the gay, young, agreeable and handsome of both sexes, who come to the White Sulphur to see and be seen, to chat, laugh and dance, and each to throw his pebble on the great heap of the general enjoyment.
Page 150 - ... the arch an air of grace and lightness that must be seen to be felt, and the power of speech is for a moment lost in contemplating the immense dimensions of the surrounding objects. The middle of the arch is forty-five feet in perpendicular thickness, which increases to sixty at its juncture with the vast abutments. Its top, which is covered with soil supporting shrubs of various sizes, is two hundred and ten feet high. It is sixty feet wide, and its span is almost ninety feet. Across the top...
Page 133 - ... clad in the uniform worn by an American General during the Revolution, and not half covered by the semi-barbarous and pagan toga, with throat uncovered and naked arm, as if prepared for the barber and the bleeder, which is the case with the statue of Washington, by Greenough, at the National Capitol. It is of the size of life, and stands resting on the right foot, having the left somewhat advanced, with the knee bent. The left hand rests on a bundle of fasces, on which hang a military cloak and...
Page 34 - The buildings consist of a frame dining room about 120 feet long, with which is connected a large kitchen and bakery; a frame ball-room with lodging rooms over it and at each end; two very large frame stables with 80 stalls in each, of which the exterior rows are open to the air, and many rows of cabins tastefully arranged around the larger edifices; and standing on rising ground. The cabins are composed of various materials, brick, frame or logs, and the view of the tout-ensemble is very pleasing....
Page 151 - There are several forest trees of large dimensions growing near the edge of the creek directly under the arch, which do not nearly reach its lowest part. The most imposing view is from about 60 yards below the bridge, close to the edge of the creek; from that position the arch appears thinner, lighter, and loftier. A little above the bridge, on the western side of the creek, the wall of...

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