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Q. What are the characteriftics of the Hottentots ?
A. They are the moft abject of the human race. They befmear their bodies with foot and greafe, live upon carrion, old leather, fhoes, and everything of the moft loathfome kind; drefs themfelves in fheep's fkins, untanned, turning the wool to their flefh in the winter, and the other fide in the fummer. Their drefs ferves them for a bed at night, for a covering by day, and for a winding-fheet when they die.
Q. What is the temper of the New England people ?
A. They are frank and open, bold and enterprifing. The women are educated to houfe-wifery, excellent companions, and houfe-keepers; fpending their leifure time in reading books of ufeful information.
Q. What are their diverf ions ?
A. Dancing is a favorite one of both fexes. Sleigh-riding in winter, and fkating, playing ball, gunning and fifhing are the principal; gambling and horfe-jockeying are practiced by none but worthlefs people who are defpifed by all perfons of refpectability, and confidered as nuifances in fociety.
Q. Are there any flaves in Maffachufetts ?
One geography that had a marked individuality of its own was a thick little volume, mostly in verse, . entitled The Monitor s Instructor, published at Wilmington, Delaware, in 1804. Speaking of himself in the third person in the introduction the author says, " Unpractised in poetry in a great degree, he has ventured thereupon supposing it to be, in general, rather more taking, with youth, than prose; and though not the most flowery cast, it will, he hopes, answer the end."