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or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the
original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1856. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X. HOMEWARD. ' Yes, I said to
myself, certainly there is great pleasure in coming back after a
tour--at least I know I am always glad to come back to that great
unexpectorating people to whom I belong, upon whose dominions the
sun never sets, who are very powerful and somewhat dull, free as
far as constitutions and forms of government go, but as slavish as
any other nation to the great tyrants, Custom and Public Opinion: a
people indeed who do not enjoy any exuberant felicity; but who have
humour enough to see their faults and shortcomings, which is some
alleviation." We would gladly have stayed longer among our
hospitable friends at Gottenburg; snipe-shooting, trout-fishing,
and an approaching bear-hunt on a grand scale, were held out to us
as temptations, and we found them difficult to resist; but on
Tuesday, the 11th of September, we took passage by the screw-packet
" London" for the Thames. It was not without regret that we left
Sweden, a country where we had met with invariable kindness and
goodwill from high and low; a country which has many attractions,
as well in its wild lakes, rocks, and islands, as in the groves and
palaces of its lovely capital; a country where, from the clumsiness
of the constitution and the good sense of the inhabitants, the
power of the sovereign and the liberty of the subject are almost
equally unlimited; a country where toleration in religion and
religious intolerance are alike unknown. The religion of the state
is accepted by the people, or the religion of the people is
accepted by the state, I know not which. "Any thing for a quiet
life," should be the legend of Sweden; dissent is not permitted,
chiefly because there are no dissenters to permit; political
discussion is as free as air, consequently, politics a...
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||246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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