Introductory History of the United States

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W.W. Shannon, 1905 - United States - 368 pages
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Page 154 - Thus I went up Market Street as far as Fourth Street, passing by the door of Mr. Reed, my future wife's father ; when she, standing at the door, saw me, and thought I made, as I certainly did, a most awkward, ridiculous appearance.
Page 158 - In order to secure my credit and character as a tradesman, I took care not only to be in reality industrious and frugal, but to avoid all appearances to the contrary.
Page 183 - how long shall I survive?" "Ten or twelve hours, perhaps less." "So much the better; I shall not live to see the surrender of Quebec.
Page 290 - What do we want with this vast, worthless area? This region of savages and wild beasts, of deserts, of shifting sands and whirlwinds of dust, of cactus and prairie dogs? To what use could we ever hope to put these great deserts, or those endless mountain ranges, impenetrable and covered to their very base with eternal snow?
Page 175 - I have not slept above three or four nights in a bed ; but after walking a good deal all the day, I have lain down before the fire upon a little hay, straw, fodder, or a bear-skin, — whichsoever was to be had, — with man, wife, and children, like dogs and cats ; and happy is he who gets the berth nearest the fire.
Page 221 - Boone ; there were many who passed through as surprising adventures ; but, among men who often gave way to intemperance, he was always sober; he was patient, enduring, brave, daring when occasion called for it, but prudent, and always modest. He inspired confidence, and for this reason he was employed on many enterprises. He was able to make his skill and knowledge of advantage to others. He said he was an instrument ordained of God to settle the wilderness. He had made a number of excursions into...
Page 100 - I have not been dry, night or day, from the third day of the week unto the sixth ; but so travelled, and at night pull off my boots, wring my stockings, and on with them again, and so continue. But God steps in and helps.
Page 235 - Treason, treason!" echoed from every part of the house. Henry faltered not for an instant, but, taking a loftier attitude, and fixing on the speaker an eye of fire, he added " may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it...
Page 195 - Here On the 19th of April, 1775, was made the first forcible resistance to British Aggression. On the opposite bank stood the American militia, and on this spot the first of the enemy fell in the War of the Revolution, which gave Independence to these United States. In gratitude to God, and in the love of Freedom, This monument was erected, AD 1836.
Page 189 - Burthen, has thought it expedient to flop awhile, in order to *! deliberate, whether any methods can be found to elude the chains forged for us...

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