Life and Times of Ephraim Cutler: Prepared from His Journals and Correspondence

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R. Clarke & Company, 1890 - Ohio - 353 pages

Life and Times of Ephraim Cutler: Prepared from His Journals and Correspondence by Ephraim Cutler Dawes Julia Perkins Cutler, first published in 1890, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation.

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Julia Cutler and her brother William P Cutler wrote this book based on Ephraim Cutler's journals and correspondence. The Cutlers were a family who wrote prodigiously and managed to preserve a large portion of their letters and journals. Ephraim Cutler was a remarkable man who was among the first wave of settlers to move to Ohio in 1795. The writing in this book is vivid and provides a great deal of insight into the history of the time.
To see a portrait of Ephraim Cutler, click on the link to the book and browse in a few pages. (His son, William P. Cutler, is pictured above and Julia P. Cutler, who did most of the work on the book, is not pictured at all.)

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Page 340 - The said territory, and the states which may be formed therein, shall forever remain a part of this confederacy of the United States of America, subject to the Articles of Confederation, and to such alterations therein as shall be constitutionally made; and to all the acts and ordinances of the United States in Congress assembled, conformable thereto.
Page 319 - And whenever any of the said States shall have sixty thousand free inhabitants therein, such State shall be admitted, by its delegates, into the Congress of the United States, on an equal footing with the original States, in all respects whatever ; and shall be at liberty to form a permanent constitution and State government ; provided the constitution and government, so to be formed, shall be republican, and in conformity to the principles contained in these articles...
Page 77 - That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to -the dictates of their own consciences ; that no man can, of right, be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent; that no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience ; and that no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishments or modes of worship.
Page 319 - States in all respects whatever ; and shall be at liberty to form a permanent constitution and State government. Provided the constitution and government so to be formed shall be republican, and in conformity to the principles contained in these articles, and, so far as it can be consistent with the general interest of the Confederacy, such admission shall be allowed at an earlier period, and when there may be a less number of free inhabitants in the State than sixty thousand.
Page 338 - I thank God there are no free schools nor printing, and I hope we shall not have them these hundred years; for learning has brought disobedience and heresy and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them, and libels against the best government. God keep us from both!
Page 336 - As Congress was now engaged in settling the form of government for the federal territory, for which a bill had been prepared, and a. copy sent to me with leave to make remarks and propose amendments, and which I had taken the liberty to remark upon, and to propose several amendments, I thought this the most favorable opportunity to go on to Philadelphia.
Page 338 - The right of property is before and higher than any Constitutional sanction; and the right of the owner of a slave to such slave and its increase is the same and as inviolable as the right of the owner of any property whatever.
Page 24 - No colony in America was ever settled under such favorable auspices as that which has just commenced at Muskingum.
Page 339 - And for extending the fundamental principles of civil and religious liberty, which form the basis whereon these republics, their laws and constitutions, are erected; to fix and establish those principles as the basis of all laws, constitutions, and governments which forever hereafter shall be formed in the said territory...
Page 75 - ... unless such person shall enter into such indenture while in a state of perfect freedom, and on condition of a bona fide consideration received, or to be received, for their service, except as before excepted.

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