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John Franklin : Narrative of a Second expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1825, 1826 and 1827

'I like your Capt. Franklin mainly - and his manly & respectful commendation of my poor dear James, is charming. - I am (though a little ashamed to own it) not fond, in general, of Voyages. Many women are, and I wish I were one - for the more innocent amusements we have the better. But when scientific purposes are to be answered by such voyages, I have great respect for them, and only wish I could get at their marrow, without being obliged to read about the gluttonous, dirty, lying, thieving, and brutal Savages! - To think that such creatures are really our fellow-beings, and that we might have been such as they are, but for the favour of God, is to me the most melancholy consideration in the world'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Sarah Harriet Burney      Print: Book


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