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PREFACE. There are at least three classes of persons who travel in
our own land and abroad. The first and largest in nnmber consists
of those who, " having eyes, see not, and ears, hear not," anything
which is profitable to be remembered. Crossing lake and ocean,
passing over the broad prairies of the New World or the classic
fields of the Old, though they look on the virgin soil sown thickly
with flowers by the hand of God, or on scenes memorable in man's
history, they gaze heedlessly, and when they return home can but
tell us what they ate and drank, and where slept, ? no more; for
this and matters of like import are all for which they have cared
in their wanderings. Those composing the second class travel more
intelligently. They visit scrupulously all places which are noted
either as the homes of literature, the abodes of Art, or made
classic by the pens of ancient genius. Accurately do they mark the
distance of one famed city from another, the size and general
appearance of each; they see as many as possible of celebrated
pictures and works of art, and mark carefully dimensions, age, and
all details concerning them. Men, too, whom the world regards as
great men, whether because of wisdom, poesy, warlikeachievements,
or of wealth and station, they seek to take by the hand and in some
degree to know; at least to note their appearance, demeanor, and
mode of life. Writers belonging to this class of travellers are not
to be undervalued; returning home, they can give much useful
information, and tell much which all wish to hear and know, though,
as their narratives are chiefly circumstantial, and every year
circumstances change, such recitals lessen constantly in value. But
there is a third class of those who journey, who sec indeed the
outward, and observe it well. The...
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