Memorials of the Society of the Cincinnati of Massachusetts

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Page 186 - ... of Britain by the joint exertions of all ; and therefore ought to be the common property of all ; and he' that attempts opposition to this creed is an enemy to equity and justice, and ought to be swept from off the face of the earth.
Page 177 - Frances' tavern; soon after which, their beloved commander entered the room. His emotions were too strong to be concealed. Filling a glass, he turned to them and said, "with a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you; I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy, as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.
Page 18 - An unalterable determination to promote and cherish between the respective states that union and national honor so essentially necessary to their happiness and the future dignity of the American empire: To render permanent the cordial affection subsisting among the officers, this spirit will dictate brotherly kindness in all things, and particularly extend to the most substantial acts of beneficence, according to the ability of the society, toward those officers and their families who unfortunately...
Page 557 - A judiciary to be appointed by the governor-general during good behaviour, but impeachable by the lower house, and triable by the senate. The laws passed by the general government to be obeyed by the local governments, and, if necessary, to be enforced by a body of armed men, to be kept for the purposes, which should be designated. All national objects to be designed and executed by the general government, without any reference to the local governments.
Page 38 - I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharping and robbing; he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.
Page 4 - Congress now must operate like the grave, and part you forever; that, in any political event, the army has its alternative, — if peace, that nothing shall separate you from your arms but death ; if war, that, courting the auspices and inviting the direction of your illustrious leader, you will retire to some yet unsettled country, smile in your turn, "and mock when their fear cometh on.
Page 18 - The officers of the American Army, having generally been taken from the citizens of America, possess high veneration for the character of that illustrious Roman, LUCIUS QUINTUS CINCINNATUS, and being resolved to follow his example by returning to their citizenship, they think they may with propriety denominate themselves THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI.
Page 560 - Opposed to it are the late insurgents, and all those who abetted their designs, constituting four fifths of the opposition. A few, very few indeed, wellmeaning people are joined to them. The friends of the constitution in that State, without overrating their own importance, conceived that the decision of Massachusetts would most probably settle the fate of the proposition. They therefore proceeded most cautiously and wisely, debated every objection with the most guarded good nature and candor, but...
Page 87 - It is itself the orator of this occasion. It is not from my lips, it could not be from any human lips, that that strain of eloquence is this day to flow most competent to move and excite the vast multitudes around me. The powerful speaker stands motionless before us.

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