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"Mo. p)fl.?ttbursoas, October 15,1807. STYLE, AT BALLSTON. BY WHMAM
WIZARD, 'ESQ. TV T OTWITHSTANDING Evergreen has never been abroad,
nor had his under- standing enlightened, or his views enlarged by
that marvellous sharpener of the wits, a salt-water voyage, yet he
is tolerably shrewd and correct, in the limited sphere of his
observations; and now and then astounds me with a right pithy
remark, which would do no discredit even to a man who had made the
grand tour. In several late conversations at Cockloft Hall, he has
amused us exceedingly by detailing sundry particulars concerning
that notorious slaughter-house of time, Ballston Springs, where he
spent a considerable part of the last summer. The following is a
summary of his observations. Ballston Springs. From a design by W.
H. Bartlett. a. man who had made the ning th; MMktanble part 01
wing is a summary of his Pleasure has passed through a variety of
significations at Ballston. It originally meant nothing more than a
relief from pain and sickness; and the patient who had journeyed
many a weary mile to the Springs, with a heavy heart and emaciated
form, called it pleasure when he threw by his crutches, and danced
away from them with renovated spirits, and limbs jocund with vigor.
In process of time, pleasure underwent a refinement, and appeared
in the likeness of a sober, unceremonious country dance, to the
flute of an amateur or the three-stringed fiddle of an itinerant
country musician. Still everything bespoke that happy holiday which
the spirits ever enjoy, when emancipated from the shackles of
formality, ceremony, and modern politeness; things went on
cheerily, and Balls- ton was pronounced a charming, humdrum,
careless place of resort, where everyone was at his ease, and might
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