The Rivals: A Tale of the Times of Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton

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J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1860 - United States - 286 pages
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Page 94 - Oh, Love! what is it in this world of ours Which makes it fatal to be loved? Ah why With cypress branches hast thou wreathed thy bowers, And made thy best interpreter a sigh? As those who dote on odours pluck the flowers, And place them on their breast — but place to die — Thus the frail beings we would fondly cherish Are laid within our bosoms but to perish.
Page 57 - Thus lived — thus died she; never more on her Shall sorrow light, or shame. She was not made Through years or moons the inner weight to bear, Which colder hearts endure till they are laid By age in earth: her days and pleasures were Brief, but delightful — such as had not staid Long with her destiny; but she sleeps well By the sea-shore, whereon she loved to dwell.
Page 176 - Alas ! the love of Women ! it is known To be a lovely and a fearful thing ; For all of theirs upon that die is thrown, And if 't is lost, Life hath no more to bring To them but mockeries of the past alone...
Page 215 - The General is a very honest man. His competitors have slender abilities, and less integrity. His popularity has often been essential to the safety of America, and is still of great importance to it. These considerations have influenced my past conduct respecting him, and will influence my future. I think it is necessary he should be supported.
Page 165 - No man went to his bed but under the apprehension of having his house plundered or burnt, or himself or family massacred, before morning. Some, under the character of whigs, plundered the tories ; while others, of the latter description, plundered the whigs. Parties of marauders, assuming either character or none, as...
Page 281 - General Hamilton and Judge Kent have declared in substance, that they looked upon Mr. Burr to be a dangerous man, and one w ho ought not to be trusted with the reins of government.
Page 274 - It is highly improbable that I shall have an equal number of votes with Mr. Jefferson ; but if such should be the result, every man who knows me ought to know that I would utterly disclaim all competition.
Page viii - The more I studied it, the more I became convinced that the world never presented such a combination of greatness and of meanness, of daring courage and of vile malignity, of high aspirings and of low hypocrisy. Shrewd, artful, and unscrupulous, there were no means he would not employ to accomplish his ends — no tool too base to be used when its services were needful. Loose in his own morals, even to licentiousness, he criticized those of Thomas Jefferson with a severity no other antagonist ever...
Page 277 - The messenger departed, and Colonel Burr returned to his parlor without a trace of anxiety on his brow. His friends soon dispersed ; and about eleven o'clock he knocked at the door of the house to which he had been directed.
Page 274 - Jefferson : but if such should be the result, every man who knows me, ought to know, that I would utterly disclaim all competition. Be assured that the federal party can entertain no wish for such an exchange. " As to my friends, they would dishonor my views and insult my feelings by a suspicion that I would submit to be instrumental in counteracting the wishes and expectations of the United States : and I now constitute you my proxy to declare these sentiments if the occasion shall require.

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