Like nations of higher pretensions, the American Indian gives a very different account
of his own tribe or race from that which is given by other people.
In this time we daily expected the arrival of the Indian army; and at length, one of my fellow prisoners, escaping from them, arrived, informing us that the enemy had an account
of my departure, and postponed their expedition three weeks.
From the look of unutterable woe upon his face, it appeared to be his doom to spend eternity in a vain effort to make his accounts
But though for some time past a number of these whales, not less than 13,000 have been annually slain on the nor' west coast by the Americans alone; yet there are considerations which render even this circumstance of little or no account
as an opposing argument in this matter.
I tell you, I regret it on account
of others, but I am satisfied on my own account
But I shall not anticipate the reader with further descriptions of this kind, because I reserve them for a greater work, which is now almost ready for the press; containing a general description of this empire, from its first erection, through along series of princes; with a particular account
of their wars and politics, laws, learning, and religion; their plants and animals; their peculiar manners and customs, with other matters very curious and useful; my chief design at present being only to relate such events and transactions as happened to the public or to myself during a residence of about nine months in that empire.
Since you have, perhaps, heard but confused accounts
of my seven voyages, and the dangers and wonders that I have met with by sea and land, I will now give you a full and true account
of them, which I think you will be well pleased to hear.
In his account
of the mission, where his veracity is most to be suspected, he neither exaggerates overmuch the merits of the Jesuits, if we consider the partial regard paid by the Portuguese to their countrymen, by the Jesuits to their society, and by the Papists to their church, nor aggravates the vices of the Abyssins; but if the reader will not be satisfied with a Popish account
of a Popish mission, he may have recourse to the history of the church of Abyssinia, written by Dr.
For if any one should render an account
of what a primary substance is, he would render a more instructive account
, and one more proper to the subject, by stating the species than by stating the genus.
It is on your account
that he has been so frequently invited this week.
The blow had been the more painful on account
of its being unexpected.
I had been reading these books without his knowledge, and thus he was often at a loss to account
for the forcible impressions which had been made upon my fancy.
They had an early account
from Lyme the next morning.
We did not drive entirely on account
of these precious Londoners; we drove a little on our own--on account
of that anxious matter which you will, I am sure, set at rest, dear Tess.
He thought it indeed most necessary to entrust the people with the choice of their magistrates and the power of calling them to account
; for without that they must have been slaves and enemies to the other citizens: but he ordered them to elect those only who were persons of good account
and property, either out of those who were worth five hundred medimns, or those who were called xeugitai, or those of the third census, who were called horsemen.