The History of Ancient Mexico: From the Foundation of that Empire to Its Destruction by the Spaniards ...

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Page 67 - Grenada, are agriculturists, who can only be compared with the class of European peasantry. We can have no doubt, then, that the absence of natural deformities among them is the effect of their mode of life, and of the constitution peculiar to their race. All...
Page 68 - In fact, osteology teaches us that the cranium of the American differs essentially from that of the Mongol: the former exhibits a facial line, more inclined, though straighter, than that of the negro ; and there is no race on the globe in which the frontal bone is more depressed backwards, or which has a less projecting forehead*.
Page 295 - Scorn not him whom you see fall into some folly or transgression, nor make him reproaches ; but restrain thyself, and beware lest thou fall into the same error which offends thee in another. Go not where thou art not called, nor interfere in that which does not concern thee.
Page 64 - The Indians of New Spain bear a general resemblance to those who inhabit Canada, Florida, Peru and Brazil. They have the same swarthy and copper...
Page 296 - When thou attest at table with them, do not eat or drink before them, but attend to them in a becoming manner, that thou mayest merit their favour. When they give thee any thing, accept it with tokens of gratitude; if the present is great, do not become vain of it.
Page 298 - Be orderly and take pains to manage the economy or thy house. Give water to thy husband for his hands, and make bread for thy family. Wherever thou goest, go with modesty and composure, without hurrying thy steps, or laughing with those whom thou meetest, neither fixing thy looks upon them nor casting thy eyes thoughtlessly, first to one side and then to another, that thy reputation may not be sullied; but give a courteous answer to those who salute and put any question to thee. ' Employ thyself...
Page 296 - ... if the present is great, do not become vain or fond of it. If the gift is small do not despise it, nor be provoked, nor occasion displeasure to them who favour thee. If thou becomest rich, do not grow insolent, nor scorn the poor ; for those very gods who deny riches to others in order to give them to thee, offended by thy pride, will take them from thee again to give to others. Support thyself by thy own labours ; for then thy food will be sweeter.
Page 153 - The palace of his usual residence was a vast edifice of stone and lime, which had twenty doors to the public squares and streets ; three great courts, in one of which was a beautiful fountain ; several halls, and more than a hundred chambers. Some of the apartments had walls of marble and other valuable kinds of stone. The beams were of cedar, cypress, and other excellent woods, well finished and carved.
Page 179 - Before the great inundation, which took place four thousand eight hundred years after the creation of the World, the country of Anahuac was inhabited by giants (tzocuillixeque).
Page 24 - Mexico, who have not only destroyed without planting, but in draining great tracts of land have occasioned another more important evil. Muriate of soda and lime, nitrate of potash, and other saline substances, cover the surface of the soil, and spread with a rapidity very difficult to be explained. Through this abundance of salt, and these efflorescences, hostile to cultivation, the table-land of Mexico bears a great resemblance in many places to Thibet and the saline steppes of central Asia. In...

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