The Class Book of American Literature: Consisting Principally of Selections in the Department of History, Biography, Prose Fiction, Travels, the Drama, Popular Eloquence, and Poetry; from the Best Writers of Our County. Designed to be Used as a Reading Book in American Schools

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J. H. A. Frost, 1826 - American literature - 312 pages

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Page 110 - themselves by their hands. He has excited domestick insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions. We have warned them, from time to
Page 69 - March, 1775. Mr. President, It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth—and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is it the part of wise men engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty
Page 69 - navies and armies ? No, Sir : she has none. They are meant for us : they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains, which the British ministers have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them 1 Shall we try argument
Page ii - of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit: ' The Class Book of American Literature ; consisting principally of Selections in the Departments of History, Biography, Prose Fiction, Travels, the Drama, Popular Eloquence, and Poetry;
Page 110 - these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connexions and correspondence. They, too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind—enemies in war ; in peace, friends. In every stage of these oppressions we
Page 69 - Let us not deceive ourselves, Sir. These are the. implements of war and subjugation—the last arguments, to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, Sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission 1 Can gentlemen assign any other
Page 70 - Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction 1 Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot ? The
Page 107 - Sir, I know the uncertainty of human affairs, but I see, I see clearly through this day's business. You and I, indeed, may rue it. We may not live to the time, when this declaration shall be made good. We may die ; die, colonists ; die, slaves; die, it may be, ignominiously and on the scaffold. Be it so.
Page 232 - spirit, speaking on the tongue, beaming from the eye,' informing every feature, and urging the whole man onward, right onward to his object—this, this is eloquence : or rather it is something greater and higher than all eloquence, it is action, noble, sublime, godlike action..

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