The History of the Seal of the United States

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Department of state, 1909 - United States - 72 pages
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Page 65 - I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character ; he does not get his living honestly...
Page 36 - ... a chief, azure; the escutcheon on the breast of the American eagle displayed proper, holding in his dexter talon an olive branch, and in his sinister a bundle of thirteen arrows, all proper, and in his beak a scroll, inscribed with this motto, "E Pluribus Unum.
Page 66 - With all this injustice he is never in good case, but, like those among men, who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor and often very lousy.
Page 9 - Jefferson proposed the children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night; and on the other side, Hengist and Horsa, the Saxon chiefs from whom we claim the honor of being descended, and whose political principles and form of government we have assumed.
Page 35 - For the CREST. Over the head of the eagle, which appears above the escutcheon, a glory, or, breaking through a cloud, proper, and surrounding thirteen stars, forming a constellation, argent, on an azure field. REVERSE. A pyramid unfinished. In the zenith, an eye in a triangle, surrounded with a glory proper. Over the eye these words, "Annuit Coeptis." On the base of the pyramid the numerical letters MDCCLXXVI. And underneath the following motto, "Novus Ordo Seclorum.
Page 66 - Industrie. I am, on this account, not displeased that the figure is not known as a bald eagle, but looks more like a turkey. For in truth, the turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America. Eagles have been found in all countries, but the turkey was peculiar .to ours ; the first of the species seen in Europe being brought to France by the Jesuits from Canada, and served up at the wedding table of Charles the Ninth.
Page 10 - Pharaoh sitting in an open chariot, a crown on his head, and a sword in his hand, passing through the divided waters of the Red sea, in pursuit of the Israelites. Rays from a pillar of fire in the...
Page 15 - England To a public and exemplary death ; Thereby presenting to the amazed world And transmitting down through applauding ages The most glorious example of unshaken virtue, Love of Freedom, and impartial justice Ever exhibited on the blood-stained theatre Of human actions. Oh, Reader, Pass not on, till thou hast blest his memory ! And never, never forget, That REBELLION TO TYRANTS IS OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
Page 67 - The commission being signed, the subsequent duty of the secretary of state is prescribed by law, and not to be guided by the will of the president. He is to affix the seal of the United States to the commission, and is to record it. This is not a proceeding which may be varied, if the judgment of the executive shall suggest one more eligible; but is a precise course accurately marked out by law, and is to be strictly pursued.

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