The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations, Volume 8

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Little, Brown, 1853 - United States
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Volume VIII (pub 1853) - Adams, John, and Charles Francis Adams. 1850. The works of John Adams, second President of the United States: with a life of the author, notes and illustrations. Boston: Little, Brown.


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Page 258 - The King then said a word or two to the secretary of state, which, being between them, I did not hear, and then turned round and bowed to me, as is customary with all kings and princes when they give the signal to retire. I retreated, stepping backward, as is the etiquette, and, making my last reverence at the door of the chamber, I went my way. The master of the ceremonies joined me the moment of my coming out of the King's closet, and accompanied me through the apartments down to my carriage, several...
Page 98 - And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of his Majesty's Treasury, and the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, and the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, are to give the necessary directions herein as to them may respectively appertain.
Page 487 - May I nevertheless be indulged to inquire, if we look over the catalogue of the first magistrates of nations, whether they have been denominated presidents or consuls, kings or princes, where shall we find one, whose commanding talents and virtues, whose overruling good fortune, have so completely united all hearts and voices in his favor...
Page 338 - Souza for the conduct of such a negotiation ; that he made no pretensions to such merit, but readily acknowledged the superiority of the Ambassador ; but it was the pleasure of his Court, and he had no right to dispute it. I answered that I had no authority to treat, but in conjunction with Mr. Jefferson, the Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States at the Court of Versailles.
Page 256 - I have the honor to assure your Majesty of their unanimous disposition and desire to cultivate the most friendly and liberal intercourse between your Majesty's subjects and their citizens, and of their best wishes for your Majesty's health and happiness, and for that of your royal family. "' The appointment of a Minister from the United States to your Majesty's court, will form an epoch in the history of England and America.
Page 257 - I owed to my people. I will be very frank with you. I was the last to consent to the separation; but the separation having been made, and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power. The moment I see such sentiments and language as yours prevail, and a disposition to give to this country the preference, that moment I shall say, let the circumstances of language, religion, and blood have their...
Page 507 - If you suppose that I have, or ever had, a design or desire of attempting to introduce a government of King, Lords, and Commons, or in other words, an hereditary Executive, or an hereditary Senate, either into the Government of the United States, or that of any individual State, you arc wholly mistaken.
Page 493 - by its legal authority defined in the Constitution, has no equal in the world excepting those only which are held by crowned heads; nor is the royal authority in all cases to be compared to it The royal office in Poland is a mere shadow in comparison with it. The Dogeship in Venice, and the...
Page 258 - I was surprised at this, because I thought it an indiscretion and a departure from the dignity. I was a little embarrassed, but determined not to deny the truth on one hand, nor leave him to infer from it any attachment to England on the other. I threw off as much gravity as I could, and assumed an air of gaiety and a tone of decision as far as was decent, and said, ' That opinion, sir, is not mistaken ; I must avow to your Majesty, I have no attachment but to my own country.
Page 257 - I shall esteem myself the happiest of men, if I can be instrumental in recommending my country more and more to your majesty's royal benevolence, and of restoring an entire esteem, confidence and affection, or in better words, (the old good nature, and the old good humor,' between people, who though separated by an ocean, and under different governments, have the same language, a similar religion, and kindred blood.

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