Family records and events: Compiled principally from the original manuscripts in the Rutherfurd collection (Google eBook)

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De Vinne Press, 1894 - 355 pages
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Page 14 - OF all the causes which conspire to blind Man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind, What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools.
Page 13 - Jennie is a Florist and Botanist, she has discovered a great number of Plants never before described and has given their Properties and Virtues, many of which are found useful in Medicine, and she draws and colors them with great beauty. Dr. Whyte, of Edinburg, is in the number of her correspondents. NB She makes the best cheese I ever ate in America.
Page 302 - Richmond: the Duke of Clarence has taken Mr. Henry Hobart's house, point-blank over against Mr. Cambridge's, which will make the good woman of that mansion cross herself piteously...
Page 44 - Friendship, of strict Probity, temperate in his Diet, and in Business indefatigable. The Relations of Husband, Father and Master, he sustained with the highest Reputation. In these Parts of the World few Men surpassed him either in the natural Sagacity and Strength of his Intellectual Powers, or in his Literary Acquirements. In the Mathematical Sciences his Researches were very great. He was also eminent in his Profession of the Law; and equally distinguished by his superior Knowledge and long Experience...
Page 19 - Like the frogs in the fable, the mad pranks of a plantation governor is sport to them, though death to us ; and [they] seem less concerned in our contests than we are at those between crows and kingbirds. Governors are called the king's representatives; and when by repeated instances of avarice, cruelty, and injustice, they extort complaints from the injured, in terms truly expressive of the violence committed and injuries suffered, it must be termed a flying in the face of government ; the king's...
Page 19 - We talk in America of applications to parliaments. Alas ! my friend, parliaments are parliaments everywhere ; here, as well as with us, though more numerous. We admire the heavenly bodies which glitter at a distance ; but should we be removed into Jupiter or Saturn, perhaps we should find it composed of as dark materials as our own earth. . . . We have a parliament and ministry, some of whom, I am apt to believe, know that there are plantations and governors but not quite so well as we do. Like...
Page 12 - ... handing, at the same time, the minute to the Clerk to be entered : " James Alexander, Esq. and William Smith, attorneys of this Court, having presumed (notwithstanding they were forewarned by the Court of their displeasure if they should do it) to sign, and having actually signed and put -into Court, exceptions in the name of John Peter Zenger, thereby denying the legality of the Judges...
Page 26 - ... I can depend, and who indeed was recommended to your Grace by Mr Perry one of the London Members, before I came here: But There is one James Alexander who I found here both in New York & Jerseys Councils, tho:very unfitt to sitt in either, or indeed to act in any other capacity where His Majesty's honour and interest are concerned, he is the only man that has given me any uneasiness since my arrival, and during the President Van Dams administration sway'd him in every thing that was irregular,...
Page 13 - Our voyage to Albany was purely a party of Pleasure. At one of our landings we made an excursion to Coldenham, the abode of the venerable philosopher, Colden. He is as gay and facetious in his conversation as he is serious and solid in his writings. From the middle of the Woods this Family corresponds with all the learned societies in Europe. Himself on the principles of Matter and Motion, his son on electricity and experiments. He has made several useful discoveries and is a tolerable proficient...
Page 138 - The next day I dine, perhaps, with some of the very men I have heard thus anathematized, and find them equally honest, warm, and indignant ; and if I take their word for it, I had been dining the day before with some of the greatest knaves in the nation...

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