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Page 319 - Were half the power that fills the world with terror, Were half the wealth bestowed on camps and courts, Given to redeem the human mind from error, There were no need of arsenals or forts: The warrior's name would be a name abhorred!
Page 3 - I have often inquired of myself what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of separation of the colonies from the motherland, but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but hope to all the world for all future time.
Page 137 - when" is in your own knowledge, but no way material to me, as the calumny has now first been disclosed so as to become the subject of my notice, and as the effect is present and palpable. Your letter has furnished me with new reasons for requiring a definite reply.
Page 43 - I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel : why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?
Page 138 - June 22, 1804. Sir, — Your first letter, in a style too peremptory, made a demand, in my opinion, unprecedented and unwarrantable. My answer, pointing out the embarrassment, gave you an opportunity to take a less exceptionable course. You have not chosen to do it ; but, by your last letter, received this day, containing expressions indecorous and improper, you have increased the difficulties intrinsically incident to the nature of your application. If by a definite reply...
Page 136 - It has been publicly applied to me under the sanction of your name. The question is not whether he has understood the meaning of the word, or has used it according to syntax and with grammatical accuracy ; but whether you have authorized this application, either directly or by uttering expressions or opinions derogatory to my honor. The time "when...
Page 449 - You say," wrote McKean in reply, " that . . . about a third of the people of the colonies were against the Revolution. It required much reflection before I could fix my opinion on this subject ; but on mature deliberation I conclude you are right, and that more than a third of influential characters were against...
Page 102 - There are several houses pleasantly suited upon East River, near New York, where it is common to have turtle feasts : these happen once or twice in a week. Thirty or forty gentlemen and ladies meet and dine together, drink tea in the afternoon, fish and amuse themselves till evening, and then return home in Italian chaises, a gentleman and lady in each chaise.
Page 135 - I have maturely reflected on the subject of your letter of the 18th inst., and the more I have reflected the more I have become convinced that I could not, without manifest impropriety, make the avowal or disavowal which you seem to think necessary. The clause pointed out by Mr. Van Ness is in these terms: "I could detail to you a still more despicable opinion which General Hamilton has expressed of Mr. Burr.
Page 140 - The gentleman who was to give the word then explained to the parties the rules which were to govern them in firing, which were as follows : " The parties being placed at their stations, the second who gives the word shall ask them whether they are ready ; being answered in the affirmative, he shall say — present ! After this the parties shall present and fire when they please.