[Elizabeth Carter to Elizabeth Vesey, 21 August 1784:]
'Have you read Captain Cook's last voyages? I have just finished them. The description of the savage inhabitants of the southern climates is a fine eloge of a [italics]state of nature[end italics], of which one species of philosophers is fond of speaking in such rapturous terms! I was heartily glad to take my leave of those barbarians, and to find myself among the harmless gentle contented race, that dwell on the borders of the arctic circle [...] they enjoy the blessings of a mild government, and the illumination of the Christian religion. Ever since I read this account, I have felt a very high respect for the Russians, to whose humanity and instructions the inhabitants of Kamtschatka owe their inestimable advantages.'