Retrographs: Comprising a History of New York City Prior to the Revolution; Biographies of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Nathan Hale; Sketches of John André and Beverly Robinson; Schemes of Aaron Burr and Benedict Arnold ... Embodying More Than a Hundred Letters and Signatures of Famous Persons, Many of which Have Not Previously Been Published: Including a Fac-simile of an Original Official Map of the City of New York, Made in 1728, Representing All the Streets, Blocks, Wards, Keys and Docks Then Existing
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Page 115 - I could detail to you a still more despicable opinion which General Hamilton has expressed of Mr. Burr.
Page 116 - Cooper appears to entertain. If so, what precise inference could you draw, as a guide for your conduct, were I to acknowledge that I had expressed an opinion of you still more despicable...
Page 116 - I trust, on more reflection, you will see the matter in the same light with me. If not, I can only regret the circumstance, and must abide the consequences.
Page 121 - I entreat my dear children, if they, or any of them, should ever be able, to make up the deficiency. I, without hesitation, commit to their delicacy a wish which is dictated by my own. — Though conscious that I have too far sacrificed the interests of my family to public avocations, and on this account have the less claim to burthen my children, yet I trust in their magnanimity to appreciate as they ought, this my request.
Page 117 - Tis the finest sense Of justice which the human mind can frame, Intent each lurking frailty to disclaim, And guard the way of life from all offence Suffered or done.
Page 116 - Your letter of 2oth inst. has been this day received. Having considered it attentively, I regret to find in it nothing of that sincerity and delicacy which you profess to value. Political opposition can never absolve gentlemen from the necessity of a rigid adherence to the laws of honor and the rules of decorum. I neither claim such privilege nor indulge it in others.
Page 80 - SIR : — Buoyed above the terror of death by the consciousness of a life devoted to honorable pursuits, and stained with no action that can give me remorse, I trust that the request I make to your Excellency at this serious period, and which is to soften my last moments, will not be rejected.