The People the Sovereigns

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J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1867 - Democracy - 274 pages
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Page 1 - The people the sovereigns, being a comparison of the government of the United States with those of the republics which have existed before, with the causes of their decadence and fall. By James Monroe, expresident of the United States, and dedicated by the author to his countrymen..
Page 15 - America; extorting by the mild compulsion of reason, the shores of the Pacific from the stipulated acknowledgment of Spain; and leading back the imperial autocrat of the North, to his lawful boundaries, from his hastily asserted dominion over the southern ocean. Thus strengthening and consolidating the federative edifice of his country's union, till he was entitled to say, like Augustus Caesar, of his imperial city, that he had found her built of brick and left her constructed of marble.
Page 15 - There behold him for a term of eight years, strengthening his country for defence by a system of combined fortifications, military and naval, sustaining her rights, her dignity and honor abroad ; soothing her dissensions, and conciliating her acerbities at home ; controlling by a firm though peaceful policy the hostile spirit of the European Alliance against Republican...
Page 10 - Nature has bestowed than the present situation you are in seems to promise for in my opinion, but perhaps I am a prejudiced man the study of topographical Law unless daily corrected by other more liberal studies is a most horrid narrower of the mind, and you, as you justly complain have not the proper books for...
Page 14 - European powers to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety.
Page 10 - Continent nothing will give me greater pleasure, or more flatter my ambition, than to communicate my ideas and assist you with all the means in my power in your pursuit of polite letters, — and if any circumstances arise to make me alter my present plan, I hope it may be so contrived that we may be much together. Your present Assembly, I have many reasons to believe, is composed of most wretched materials, but wretched as it is, I have as many reasons to believe, that it is one of the least abominable...
Page 63 - ... doctrines. . . . In tracing regal power to the paternal source, we trace it to a single pair, from whom the whole community must have descended ; for otherwise the origin could not have been paternal. If this be the source of power, it must have commenced with the human race, and, admitting the authority of the Mosaic account, with our first parents ; and, to preserve the succession, have descended in the right line to the oldest son from generation to generation, to the present day. If the right...
Page 10 - em? Is there an instance in history of a strong nation sending an Army for the protection of an impotent one, when the Protectors have not ultimately stripped or attempted to strip the Protected of their liberties?
Page 10 - ... am Master of Pen Ink and Paper and seldomer that I have an opportunity of assuring you how much and sincerely I am yours — or you may depend upon it, that you should receive these assurances frequently as without compliment I have a pleasure in conversing with you whether by letter or viva voce. I am extremely concerned that Fortune has been so unkind as not to admit of your cultivating to greater advantage the talents which has Nature has bestowed than the present situation you are in seems...
Page 19 - Geographical proximity is only one reason for our special ties. We share a common history of revolt from colonial rule and a common heritage in the quest for dignity and freedom of man. More than a century ago the Monroe Doctrine focused attention on the special concern of the United...

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