The Life of Robert Fulton ...: Accompanied with Copies of Mr. Fulton's Original Drawings and Numerous Plates, Exhibiting the Leading Incidents and Ornaments of His Private Character; His Elevated Principles of Action; His Uncommon Usefulness and Celebrity, and His Undying Fame

C. G. Henderson & Company, 1856 - 269 Seiten

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Seite xxiii - Soon shall thy arm, unconquered Steam, afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car ; Or, on wide-waving wings expanded bear The flying chariot through the fields of air...
Seite 54 - I have seen them often," added he, " standing in that very attitude, and pursuing, with an intense eye, the arrow which they had just discharged from the bow.
Seite 200 - Nature had made him a gentleman, and bestowed upon him ease and gracefulness. He had too much good sense for the least affectation ; and a modest confidence in his own worth and talents, gave him an unembarrassed deportment in all companies. His features were strong and of a manly beauty : he had large dark eyes, and a projecting brow, expressive of intelligence and thought...
Seite 78 - Mohawks met the maid, . historian, hold! — Poor Human Nature! must thy shame be told? Where then that proud preeminence of birth, Thy Moral Sense? the brightest boast of earth. Had but the tiger changed his heart for thine, Could...
Seite 174 - My steamboat voyage to Albany and back has turned out rather more favourable than I had calculated. The distance from New York to Albany is one hundred and fifty miles : I ran it up in thirty-two hours, and down in thirty. I had a light breeze against me the whole way, both going and coming, and the voyage has been performed wholly by the power of the steam-engine.
Seite 201 - ... He expressed himself with energy, fluency, and correctness, and as he owed more to his own experience and reflections, than to books, his sentiments were often interesting from their originality. In all his domestic and social relations he was zealous, kind, generous, liberal, and affectionate. He knew of no use for money but as it was subservient to charity, hospitality, and the sciences. But what was most conspicuous in his character, was his calm constancy, his industry, and that indefatigable...
Seite 66 - His ear enabled him to distinguish that the machine was moved by a crank, which always gives an unequal power, and therefore an unequal velocity in the course of each revolution; and a nice and practised ear may perceive that the sound is not uniform. If the machine had been kept in motion by what was its ostensible moving power, it must have had an equable rotary motion, and the sound would have been always the same. "After some little conversation with the showman, Mr. Fulton did not hesitate to...
Seite 175 - It was in the early autumn of the year 1807 that a knot of villagers was gathered on a high bluff just opposite Poughkeepsie, on the west bank of the Hudson, attracted by the appearance of a strange, dark-looking craft, which was slowly making its way up the river. Some imagined it to be a seamonster, while others did not hesitate to express their belief that it was a sign of the approaching judgment.
Seite 252 - July she was again put in action. She performed a trip to the ocean, eastward of Sandy Hook, and back again, a distance of fifty-three miles, in eight hours and twenty minutes. A part of this time she had the tide against her, and had no assistance whatever from sails.
Seite xxiii - The connexion between Livingston and Fulton," says the late lamented Clinton, "realized to a great degree, the vision of the poet. All former experiments had failed, and the genius of Fulton, aided and fostered by the public spirit and discernment of LIVINGSTON, created one of the greatest accommodations for the benefit of mankind. These illustrious men will be considered, through all time, as the benefactors of the world."* The leisure hours of CHANCELLOR LIVINGSTON were devoted to every variety...

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