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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Page 243 - WHEN all thy mercies, O my God, My rising soul surveys, Transported with the view I'm lost In wonder, love, and praise...
Page 42 - I do more, than common civility and a 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 favour,' that no officer under whose immediate commands he ever served has the happiness, (if happiness can be thus denominated) of boasting.
Page 187 - This is a decisive moment ; one of the most, I will go further, and say, the most important America has seen. The court of France has made a glorious effort for our deliverance, and if we disappoint its intentions by our supineness, we must become contemptible in the eyes of all mankind, nor can we after that venture to confide that our allies will persist in an attempt to establish what, it will appear, we want inclination or ability to assist them in.
Page 190 - 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 105 - The troops will march at — o'clock, and move by the right, making a short halt at the creek, or run, on this...
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 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 257 - I shall be glad," adds he sportively, " to enter into the whole detail of cap wire, needles, gauze, &c., and to the best of my abilities render you, in these trifles, services from which I hope you would infer a zeal to be further employed.
Page 189 - Now, my dear Sir, I must observe to you, that much will depend on the State of Pennsylvania. She has it in her power to contribute, without comparison, more to our success than any other State, in the two essential articles of flour and transportation. New York, Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland are our flour countries.
Page 124 - He was accompanied from Chester to an elegant apartment provided for him in Market street by a committee of Congress appointed for that purpose. On his Entrance into the city he was saluted by Colonel Proctor's artillery. It is impossible to describe the joy that appeared in every good man's countenance...