Download Letters From the Shores of the Baltic (Classic Reprint) PDF Full Free by and published by . This book was released on 2015-07-10 with total page 172 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Excerpt from Letters From the Shores of the Baltic Of all the pleasures and luxuries which the blessings of modern peace have brought in their train, none are more universally desired, pursued, attained, and abused than those of travelling. Of all the varying motives which impel the actions of mankind, at this or any time, none are so multifarious, so relative, so contradictory, and so specious as those of travelling. The young and ardent, borne on the wings of hope; the listless and vapid, pushed forward on the mere dancing wire of fashion; the restless and disappointed, urged onward by the perpetual spur of excitement, - all bring a different worship to the same idol. If there be good angels watching our movements from above, gazing, as the deaf, on the busy dance of life, and insensible to the jarring tones which impel it, how utterly incomprehensible must those inducements appear to them which drive tens of thousands annually from their native shores, to seek enjoyments which at home they would not have extended a hand to grasp, to encounter discomforts which at home would have been shunned as positive misfortunes, to withhold their substance where it ill can be spared, to spend it where it were better away, which lead individuals voluntarily to forsake all they can best love and trust, to follow a phantom, to double the chances of misfortune, or at best but to create to themselves a new home to leave it again, in sorrow and heaviness of heart, like the old one! But such is human nature, seldom enjoying a good but in anticipation, seldom prizing happiness till it is gone; and such the reflections, inconsistent if true, of one who, self-condemned, is following in the motley herd of these emigrants, and who has now outwardly quitted all of England, save a narrow blue strip on the horizon which a finger may cover. And now even that has disappeared; and I may turn with undivided attention to this little cluster of mankind, to this tiny epitome of the great world, who scarcely before had one interest in common, and are now all bound to the same bourn, without, perhaps, two motives in unison. What parts they intend to play on our tossing boards by no means yet appear. Some are on the sick list already, others on the verge of enrolment; some inviting, but not accessible; others too forbidding in their sullen walk overhead, in the deep retirement of their macintoshes, to make it a matter of interest whether they be the one or the other. Families still cling together, for the further bound, the firmer does the English nationality adhere, and all maintain a quiet reserve, except a few huge-ringed Germans, in whose favour one would scarcely care first to waive it, and a Frenchman, an old officer of the Empire, who is unobtrusively attentive to all. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.