The Frontier State, 1818-1848 (Google eBook)

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McClurg, 1922 - Illinois - 475 pages
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Page 404 - But if he can not, or will not do this- if on any pretence, or no pretence, he shall refuse or omit it, then I shall be fully convinced, of what I more than suspect already, that he is deeply conscious of being in the wrong -that he feels the blood of this war, like the blood of Abel, is crying to Heaven against him.
Page 405 - ... to involve the two countries in a war, and trusting to escape scrutiny by fixing the public gaze upon the exceeding brightness of military glory— that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood— that serpent's eye that charms to destroy— he plunged into it, and has swept on and on till, disappointed in his calculation of the ease with which Mexico might be subdued, he now finds himself he knows not where.
Page 154 - The council then proceeded, and the pipe of peace was smoked. Here, for the first time, I touched the goose quill to the treaty — not knowing, however, that, by that act, I consented to give away my village.
Page 169 - I started, over a rugged country, to go to the Mississippi, intending to cross it, and return to my nation. Many of our people were compelled to go on foot, for want of horses, which, in consequence of their having had nothing to eat for a long time, caused our march to be very slow. At length we arrived at the Mississippi, having lost some of our old men and little children, who perished on the way with hunger.
Page 10 - ... which stealing under certain circumstances was permissible and murder an ordinary matter. Year by year their importance was destined to wane as law and order grew stronger in the river towns and the steamboats multiplied in number. Sweeping down the river to the tune of such doggerel boat songs as " Hard upon the beach oar ! She moves too slow ; All the way to Shawneetown, Long time ago...
Page 405 - Resolved, That Abe Lincoln, the author of the 'spotty* resolutions in Congress, against his own country, may they long be remembered by his constituents, but may they cease to remember him, except to rebuke him — they have done much for him, but he has done nothing for them, save the stain he inflicted on their proud names of patriotism and glory, in the part they have taken in their country's cause.
Page 404 - And yet again, in his message of December 7, 1847, that "the Mexican Government refused even to hear the terms of adjustment which he [our minister of peace] was authorized to propose, and finally, under wholly unjustifiable pretexts, involved the two countries in war, by invading the territory of the State of Texas, striking the first blow, and shedding the blood of our citizens on our own soil.
Page 404 - I will not stop now to give my opinion concerning -to involve the two countries in a war, and trusting to escape scrutiny, by fixing the public gaze upon the exceeding brightness of military glory -that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood -that serpent's eye, that charms to destroy -he plunged into it, and has swept, on and on, till, disappointed in his calculation of the ease with which Mexico might be subdued, he now finds himself, he knows not where.
Page 170 - After about fifteen minutes' delay, giving them time to remove a few of their women and children, we let slip a six-pounder loaded with canister, followed by a severe fire of musketry; and if ever you saw straight blankets, you would have seen them there.
Page 153 - ... thence in a direct line to a little lake in Fox river of Illinois, down Fox river to Illinois river, down Illinois river to its mouth, thence down the Mississippi river to the mouth of Missouri river, thence up that river to the place of beginning. See Treaty dated at St. Louis, 4th November, 1804. " The Sauk and Fox nations were never consulted, nor had any hand in this Treaty, nor knew anything about it. It was made and signed by two Sauk chiefs, one Fox chief and one warrior. "When the annuities...

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