Letters of James Murray, Loyalist

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Page 65 - I thank God there are no free schools nor printing presses, and I hope we shall not have them these hundred years; for learning has brought disobedience, and heresy, and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them and libels against the best of governments : God keep us from both...
Page 297 - Hangingshaw, the seat of the Philiphaugh family ; although, upon first perusing a copy of the ballad, he was inclined to subscribe to the popular opinion. The Tower of Hangingshaw has been demolished for many years. It stood in a romantic and solitary situation, on the classical banks of the Yarrow. When the mountains around Hangingshaw were covered with the wild copse which constituted a Scottish forest, a more secure stronghold for an outlawed baron can scarcely be imagined.
Page 6 - Fair Philiphaugh is mine by right, And Lewinshope still mine shall be; Newark, Foulshiells, and Tinnies baith, My bow and arrow purchased me. ' And I have native steads to me, The Newark Lee and Hangingshaw; I have mony steads in the foreste shuw, But them by name I dinna knaw.
Page 246 - Oh ! " wrote a visitor to the famous Inman place after the Siege of Boston, " that imagination could replace the wood lot, the willows round the pond, the locust trees that so delightfully ornamented and shaded the roads leading to this farm . . . but in vain to wish it, — every beauty of art or nature, every elegance which it cost years of care and toil in bringing to perfection, is laid low. It looks like an unfrequented desert, and this farm 1 " Charles Russell of Lincoln, physician...
Page 183 - was distinguished as a young lady of high intellectual endowments, very fond of books, especially of the books sold by Knox, to whose shelves she had frequent recourse, and on whose premises was kindled, as the story went, ' the guiltless flame ' which was destined to burn on the hymeneal altar, ' despite of father and mother and all of my kin.
Page 301 - God, who will render to every man according to his deeds : to them who, by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, and honor, and immortality, eternal life...
Page 111 - You cannot well imagine," a visitor wrote from Boston in 1760, "what a land of health, plenty and contentment this is among all the ranks, vastly improved within these ten years. The war on this continent has been equally a blessing to the English subjects and a Calamity to the French.
Page 110 - You would not be pleased," he wrote, "to see the indolent way in which" they "generally live. They do not get up even in this fine Season till 8 or 9 o'clock. Breakfast is over at ten, a little reading or work until 1 2, dress for dinner until 2, afternoon making or receiving Visits or going about the Shops. Tea, Supper, and Chat closes the Day and their Eyes about 11.
Page 257 - LONDON, NEW BOND STREET, March 3, 1777. DEAR SIR, — I thank you for a very obliging letter of the 12th January from Newport. It gave me pleasure to reflect that I had wrote to you, some weeks before the receipt of your letters, to New York. I am glad to hear that you have met with no more difficulties since you left Boston. I have advantages here beyond most of the Americans, as I have a very extensive acquaintance with the best people ; but I prefer the natale solum to all other : and it will...
Page 63 - This makes one half of my house. The other, placed on the east end, is the Store: Cellar below, the Store and Counting House on the first floor, & above it is partition'd off into four rooms, but this end is not plaister'd but only done with rough boards.

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