Memoirs of John Quincy Adams: Comprising Portions of His Diary from 1795 to 1848, Volume 4

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Charles Francis Adams
J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1875 - Presidents
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Page 251 - To all claims of citizens of the United States upon the Spanish Government, statements of which, soliciting the interposition of the Government of the United States, have been presented...
Page 531 - The Union might then be reorganized on the fundamental principle of emancipation. This object is vast in its compass, awful in its prospects, sublime and beautiful in its issue. A life devoted to it would be nobly spent or sacrificed.
Page 388 - I am a man of reserved, cold, austere, and forbidding manners; my political adversaries say, a gloomy misanthropist, and my personal enemies, an unsocial savage. With a knowledge of the actual defect in my character, I have not the pliability to reform it.
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Page 525 - Oh, if but one man could arise with a genius capable of comprehending, a heart capable of supporting, and an utterance capable of communicating those eternal truths that belong to this question, to lay bare in all its nakedness that outrage upon the goodness of God, human slavery, now is the time, and this is the occasion, upon which such a man would perform the duties of an angel upon earth!
Page 76 - G — d, he would breed you a quarrel before he had been there a month ! " * l 5 Adams, 359, 368 to 380.
Page 157 - May I die the death of the righteous, and may my last end be like his!
Page 274 - It was near one in the morning," he recorded in his diary, "when I closed the day with ejaculations of fervent gratitude to the Giver of all good. It was, perhaps, the most important day of my life. . . . Let no idle and unfounded exultation take possession of my mind, as if I would ascribe to my own foresight or exertions any portion of the event.
Page 361 - Cicero and Tacitus given me by Wells and Lilly in return for the Ernesti edition of mine, which they had to print their Cicero from. I cannot indulge myself in the luxury of giving two hours a day to these writers; but to live without having a Cicero and a Tacitus at hand seems to me as if it was a privation of one of my limbs.
Page 502 - I take it for granted that the present question is a mere preamble — a titlepage to a great tragic volume.

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