Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed: Military Secretary of Washington, at Cambridge, Adjutant-general of the Continental Army, Member of the Congress of the United States, and President of the Executive Council of the State of Pennsylvania, Volume 2

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Lindsay and Blakiston, 1847 - United States
 

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Page 42 - As I never entertained any jealousy of him, so neither did I ever do more than common civility and proper respect to his rank required, to conciliate his good opinion. His temper and plans were too versatile and violent to attract my admiration : and, that I have escaped the venom of his tongue and pen so long, is more to be wondered at than applauded ; as it is a favor of which no officer, under whose immediate command he ever served, has had the happiness, if happiness can be thus denominated,...
Page 204 - In modern wars the longest purse must chiefly determine the event. I fear that of the enemy will be found to be so. Though the government is deeply in debt and of course poor, the nation is rich and their riches afford a fund which will not be easily exhausted. Besides, their system of public credit is such that it is capable of greater exertions than that of any other nation.
Page 206 - I wish the legislature could be engaged to vest the executive with plenipotentiary powers. I should then expect every thing practicable from your abilities and zeal. This is not a time for formality or ceremony. The crisis, in every point of view, is extraordinary ; and extraordinary expedients are necessary. I am decided in this opinion.
Page 111 - ... ranks on any pretext whatever, until a general halt is made, and then to be attended by one of the officers of the platoon.
Page 54 - I am treated with the greatest politeness by General Washington and the officers of the army, who bitterly execrate Mr. Reed and the Council for their villanous attempt to injure me," meant to comprehend me in the latter part of the expression, he asserted an absolute falsehood.
Page 404 - Burnet, with as much gravity as if he believed every word he was saying. Both Henry and Thomas were saving men, yet both died very poor. The latter at one time possessed 200,000 ; the other had a considerable fortune. The Earl alone has died wealthy. It is saving, not getting, that is the mother of riches. They all had wit. The Earl's was crack-brained, and sometimes caustic ; Henry's was of the very kindest, best-humoured, and gayest sort that ever cheered society; that of Lord Erskine was moody...
Page 257 - WHEN all thy mercies, O my God, My rising soul surveys, Transported with the view I'm lost In wonder, love, and praise...
Page 37 - The judgment of this court is, and the court doth award, that you be led back to the place from whence you came, and from thence to be drawn upon an hurdle to the place of execution...
Page 39 - Will you not think it extraordinary that General Arnold made a public entertainment the night before last, of which not only common tory ladies, but the wives and daughters of persons proscribed by the State, and now with the enemy at New York, formed a very considerable number? The fact is literally true.
Page 202 - I assure you, every idea you can form of our distresses will fall short of the reality. There is such a combination of circumstances to exhaust the patience of the soldiery, that it begins at length to be worn out, and we see in every line of the army the most serious features of mutiny and sedition.

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