Memories of a hundred years, Volume 1

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Page 138 - Ere the pruning-knife of Time Cut him down, Not a better man was found By the Crier on his round Through the town.
Page 248 - ... European Governments to interfere in their concerns, especially in those alluded to, which are vital, without affecting us ; indeed, the motive which might induce such interference in the present state of the war between the parties, if a war it may be called, would appear to be equally applicable to us. It is gratifying to know that some of the powers with whom we enjoy a very friendly intercourse, and to whom these views have been communicated, have appeared to acquiesce in them.
Page 263 - True love's the gift which God has given To man alone beneath the heaven : It is not fantasy's hot fire, Whose wishes, soon as granted, fly ; It liveth not in fierce desire, With dead desire it doth not die ; It is the secret sympathy, The silver link, the silken tie, Which heart to heart, and mind to mind, In body and in soul can bind.
Page 276 - The moment is extremely auspicious for breaking down this degrading system. The best citizens of our country acknowledge the feebleness of our Administration. They acknowledge that offices are bestowed merely to preserve power and without the smallest regard to fitness. If, then, there be a man in the United States of firmness and decision, and having standing enough to afford even a hope of success, it is your duty to bold him up to the public view: that man is ANDREW JACKSON.
Page 313 - But say, there ain't any danger in a lock, is there ? " respond the querists. " Danger ! " exclaims a deaf old lady, poking up her head ; " what's the matter ? There hain't nothin' burst, has there ? " " No, no, no ! " exclaim the provoked and despairing opposition party, who find that there is no such thing as going to sleep till they have, made the old lady below and the young ladies above understand exactly the philosophy of a lock. After a while the conversation again subsides ; again all is...
Page 222 - War!" — that is, he acted a short time as aid-de-camp to Lord Stirling, who was regularly * * * * * * * *. Monroe's whole duty was to fill his lordship's tankard, and hear, with indications of admiration, his lordship's long stories about himself. Such is Monroe's military experience. I was with my regiment in the same division at the time. As a lawyer, Monroe was far below mediocrity. He never rose to the honour of trying a cause of the value of a hundred pounds. This is a character exactly suited...
Page 245 - Orders for that purpose were not actually issued for several months afterwards. Some tale was thought necessary for the justification of the act, and the suggestion of French influence operating upon our councils was probably the one suggested. I have heard it said, and believe it to be true, that the Governor of Nova Scotia made the suggestion, in a letter addressed to certain British partisans in Boston.
Page 222 - ... extremely illiterate ; indecisive to a degree that would be incredible to one who did not know him ; pusillanimous and, of course, hypocritical ; has no opinion on any subject, and will be always under the government of the worst men ; pretends, as I am told, to some knowledge of military matters, but never commanded a platoon nor was ever fit to command one. He served in the Revolutionary war...
Page 248 - ... we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as a manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.
Page 316 - ... children on the floor, to see if it is not under them, in the course of which process they are most agreeably waked up and enlivened; and, when everybody is broad awake, and most uncharitably wishing the cap, and Peter too, at the bottom of the canal, the good lady exclaims, "Well, if this isn't lucky! here I had it safe in my basket all the time!

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