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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 50, December, 1861   By:

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 50, December, 1861 is a collection of essays, stories, and poems that provide insight into the cultural and political landscape of the time. The diverse range of topics covered in this volume includes discussions on the Civil War, social issues, and literary criticism.

The writing in this volume is both engaging and thought-provoking, offering readers a glimpse into the intellectual debates of the period. The essays are well-researched and provide a nuanced perspective on the key issues of the day. The stories and poems are also of high quality, showcasing the literary talent of the contributors.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 50, December, 1861 is a captivating read that offers valuable insight into the social and political tensions of the Civil War era. It is a must-read for anyone interested in American history and literature.

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After General Lafayette's visit to the United States, in 1824, every American who went to France went with a firm conviction that he had a right to take as much as he chose of the old gentleman's time and hospitality, at his own estimate of their value. Fortunately, the number of travellers was not great in those days, although a week seldom passed without bringing two or three new faces to the Rue d'Anjou or La Grange. It was well both for the purse and the patience of the kind hearted old man that ocean steamers were still a doubtful problem, and first class packets rarely over five hundred tons.

It could hardly be expected that a boy of sixteen should have more discretion than his elders; and following the universal example of my countrymen, the first use that I made of a Parisian cabriolet was to drive to No. 6, Rue d'Anjou. The porte cochère was open, and the porter in his lodge, a brisk little Frenchman, somewhat past middle age, with just bows enough to prove his nationality, and very expressive gestures, which I understood much better than I did his words; for they said, or seemed to say, "The General is out, and I will take charge of your letter and card... Continue reading book >>

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