Works of Fisher Ames

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T. B. Wait, 1809 - United States - 519 pages
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Page 148 - Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is man. Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride, He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest; In doubt to deem himself a God, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer; Born but to die, and...
Page 86 - Until the posts are restored, they exclaimed, the treasury and the frontiers must bleed. IF uny, against all these proofs, should maintain, that the peace with the Indians will be stable without the posts, to them I will urge another reply. From arguments calculated to produce conviction, I will appeal directly to the hearts of those who hear me, and ask whether it is not already planted there ? I resort especially to the convictions of the Western gentlemen, whether, supposing no posts and no treaty,...
Page 86 - No, sir: it will not be peace, but a sword: it will be no better than a lure to draw victims within the reach of the tomahawk. On this theme, my emotions are unutterable. If I could find words for them — if my powers bore any proportion to my zeal — I would swell my voice to such a note of remonstrance it should reach every log-house beyond the mountains.
Page ii - District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the seventh day of May, AD 1828, in the fifty-second year of the Independence of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SG Goodrich, of the said District, has deposited in this office the...
Page 88 - By rejecting the posts, we light the savage fires, we bind the victims. This day we undertake to render account to the widows and orphans whom our decision will make ; — to the wretches that will be roasted at the stake ; to our country, and, I do not deem it too serious to say, to conscience and to God, we are answerable; and, if duty be...
Page 73 - If a treaty left king George his island, it would not answer, not if he stipulated to pay rent for it. It has been said, the world ought to rejoice, if Britain was sunk in the sea; if, where there are now men and wealth, and laws, and liberty, there was no more than a sand bank for the sea monsters to fatten on, a space for the storms of the ocean to mingle in conflict.
Page 82 - What is patriotism ? Is it a narrow affection for the spot where a man was born ? Are the very clods where we tread entitled to this ardent preference because they are greener ? No, sir, this is not the character of the virtue, and it soars higher for its object.
Page 92 - The well-grounded fears of our citizens, in 1794, were removed by the treaty, but are not forgotten. Then they deemed war nearly inevitable, and would not this adjustment have been considered, at that day, as a happy escape from the calamity ? The great interest and the general desire of our people was to enjoy the advantages of neutrality. This instrument, however misrepresented, affords America that inestimable security. The causes of our disputes are either cut up by the roots, or referred to...
Page 84 - What would you say, or rather what would you not say ? Would you not tell them, wherever an Englishman might travel, shame would stick to him — he would disown his country. You would exclaim, England, proud of your wealth, and arrogant in the possession of power — blush for these distinctions, which become the vehicles of your dishonor.
Page 87 - If you have nature in your hearts, they will speak a language, compared with which all I have said or can say will be poor and frigid. Will it be whispered, that the treaty has made me a new champion for the protection of the frontiers...

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