The History of Don Francisco de Miranda's Attempt to Effect a Revolution in South America: In a Series of Letters. To which are Annexed, Sketches of the Life of Miranda, and Geographical Notices of Caraccas

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E. Oliver, 1811 - Venezuela - 312 pages

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Page 56 - I'm thinking, Pierre, how that damned starving quality Called Honesty got footing in the world. Pierr. Why, powerful Villainy first set it up, For its own ease and safety: honest men Are the soft easy cushions on which knaves Repose and fatten...
Page 43 - I, AB, do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever; and observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States...
Page 290 - ... his movements. Unless when angry, he has a great command of his feelings; and can assume what looks and tones he pleases. In general his demeanour is marked by hauteur and distance.
Page 274 - Chili,' of which we conversed at Washington,— and in which you will, perhaps, find more than in those which have been before published on the same subject, concerning this beautiful country. " If ever the happy prediction, which you have pronounced on the future destiny of our dear Columbia, is to be accomplished in our day, may Providence grant that it may be under your auspices, and by the generous efforts of her own children...
Page 289 - Upon the whole without saying he is an elegant, we may pronounce him a handsome man. He has a constant habit of picking his teeth. When sitting he is never perfectly still; his foot or hand must be moving to keep time with his mind which is always in exercise. He always sleeps a few moments after dinner, and then walks till bed time, which with him is about midnight. He is an eminent example of temperance. A scanty or bad meal is never regarded by him as a subject of complaint. He uses no ardent...
Page 218 - ... *that it had received encouragement from higher authorities than himself. The government house was given to Miranda for his residence, and took the name of headquarters. The governor and officers, civil and military, paid him the respect which corresponded to the rank he claimed. He received many visits, and his design many good wishes and benedictions from merchants and others, though after some time, as we delayed long there were signs of distrust; and the popularity of our project was not...
Page 110 - Would have nothing to say to us. They had no thoughts of accepting our proffer of liberty; and we could not oblige them to take it. Miranda, so long the idol of his foolish followers, is not known by them. They wondered who he was; and what brought him in such guise into their country. They •viewed him as a marauder whom they were to fly from, or destroy, instead of a deliverer to be made welcome.
Page 101 - He loves freedom; admires candour; esteems wise men; respects humility ; and delights in that noble and beautiful integrity and good faith which distinguished the golden times of antiquity.
Page 301 - In the morning of to-morrow, at 6 o'clock, you and each of you, are sentenced to be hung * For their names see Letter xxv. page 242. cc 501 by the neck until you are dead ; after which your heads are to be severed from your bodies, and placed upon poles, and distributed in different parts of the country.

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