The home of Washington: or, Mount Vernon and its associations, historical, biographical, and pictorial

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Virtue & Yorston, 1870 - Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate). - 446 pages
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Page 147 - I have not only retired from all public employments, but I am retiring within myself, and shall be able to view the solitary walk, and tread the paths of private life with heartfelt satisfaction. Envious of none, I am determined to be pleased with all ; and this, my dear friend, being the order of my march, I will move gently down the stream of life until I sleep with my fathers.
Page 63 - Hyperion's curls; the front of Jove himself; An eye like Mars, to threaten and command; A station like the herald Mercury New-lighted on a heaven-kissing hill; A combination and a form indeed, Where every god did seem to set his seal, To give the world assurance of a man: This was your husband.
Page 333 - I am just going. Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead.
Page 206 - I, in the evening of a life nearly consumed in public cares, to quit a peaceful abode for an ocean of difficulties, without that competency of political skill, abilities, and inclination, which are necessary to manage the helm. I am sensible that I am embarking the voice of the people, and a good name of my own, on this voyage ; but what returns will be made for them, heaven alone can foretell. Integrity and firmness are all I can promise. These, be the voyage long or short, shall never forsake me,...
Page 148 - I conceive a wearied traveller must do, who, after treading many a painful step with a heavy burden on his shoulders, is eased of the latter, having reached the haven to which all the former were directed ; and from his house-top is looking back, and tracing with an eager eye the meanders by which he escaped the quicksands and mires which lay in his way ; and into which none but the all-powerful Guide and Dispenser of human events could have prevented his falling.
Page 47 - I might, was my heart disengaged, pass my time very pleasantly as there's a very agreeable young lady lives in the same house, (Colonel George Fairfax's wife's sister.) But as that's only adding fuel to fire, it makes me the more uneasy, for by often, and unavoidably, being in company with her revives my former passion for your Lowland beauty; whereas, was I to live more retired from young women, I might in some measure eliviate my sorrows, by burying that chaste and troublesome passion in the grave...
Page 203 - Convention you represent for the Presidency of the United States, for four years from the 4th of March next, has been received.
Page 66 - I am now, I believe, fixed in this seat, with an agreeable partner for life, and I hope to • find more happiness in retirement than I ever experienced in the wide and bustling world.
Page 142 - An incessant attention to preserve inviolate those exalted rights and liberties of human nature for which they have fought and bled, and without which the high rank of a rational being is a curse instead of a blessing.
Page 149 - My manner of living," writes he to a friend, " is plain, and I do not mean to be put out of it. A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready ; and such as will be content to partake of them, are always welcome. Those who expect more will be disappointed.

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