Biographical Sketches of Distinguished American Naval Heroes in the War of the Revolution, Between the American Republic and the Kingdom of Great Britain: Comprising Sketches of Com. Nicholas Biddle, Com. John Paul Jones, Com. Edward Preble, and Com. Alexander Murray. With Incidental Allusions to Other Distinguished Characters ...
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Page 48 - Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.
Page iv - An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
Page 376 - I hope we shall prove how much happier for man the Quaker policy is, and that the life of the feeder, is better than that of the fighter; and it is some consolation that the desolation by these maniacs of one part of the earth is the means of improving it in other parts. Let the latter be our office, and let us milk the cow, while the Russian holds her by the horns, and the Turk by the tail.
Page 361 - After my death I wish no other herald, No other speaker of my living actions, To keep mine honour from corruption, But such an honest chronicler as Griffith.
Page 91 - The assistance I was enabled to give was small indeed ; I had not even a cup of wine to offer her ; -but I was told she had found, from some kind and fortunate hand, a little rum and dirty water. All I could furnish to her was an open boat, and a few lines written upon dirty and wet paper, to General Gates, recommending her to his protection.
Page 127 - ... but when that country possesses the unnatural design, not only of estranging herself from us, but of mortgaging herself, and her resources, to our enemies, the whole contest is changed...
Page 363 - The colonies had grown up under constitutions of government so different, there was so great a variety of religions, they were composed of so many different nations, their customs, manners and habits had so little resemblance, and their intercourse had been so rare and their knowledge of each other so imperfect, that to unite them in the same principles in theory and the same system of action, was certainly a very difficult enterprise.
Page 385 - If ever this vast country is brought under a single government, it will be one of the most extensive corruption, indifferent, and incapable of. a wholesome care over so wide a spread of surface.
Page 91 - Thus was this lady in the hearing of one continued fire of cannon and musketry, for four hours, together with the presumption, from the post of her husband, at the head of the grenadiers, that he was in the most exposed part of the action. She had three female companions ; the Baroness of...