Historical and Political Essays

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1892 - United States - 213 pages

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Page 213 - That virtue, therefore, which is but a youngling in the contemplation of evil, and knows not the utmost that vice promises to her followers, and rejects it, is but a blank virtue, not a pure...
Page 213 - I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue unexercised, and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat. Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world ; we bring impurity much rather : that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.
Page 118 - If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained ? Those by death are few ; by resignation, none. " Can any other mode than that of removal be proposed ? This is a painful office ; but it is made my duty, and I meet it as such.
Page 113 - ... of the expense borne by Britain in the last campaign would enable ships to sail from London through Hudson's river into lake Erie. As yet, my friend, we only crawl along the outer shell of our country. The interior excels the part we inhabit in soil, in climate, in everything. The proudest empire in Europe is but a bauble, compared to what America will be, must be, in the course of two centuries; perhaps of one...
Page 100 - ... under the control of more caution and prudence. In a word, that it is indispensably necessary, that more circumspection should be observed by our representatives abroad, than they conceive you are inclined to adopt. In this statement you have the pros and cons. By reciting them, I give you a proof of my friendship, if I give none of my policy...
Page 85 - I gave him my opinions, and suggested several amendments tending to soften the high-colored expressions of freedom. It is not by sounding words that revolutions are produced.

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