The Life and Correspondence of James McHenry: Secretary of War Under Washington and Adams

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Burrows Brothers Company, 1907 - Statesmen - 640 pages
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Page 72 - I consider it as an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life, by commending the interests of our dearest country, to the protection of Almighty God, and those who have the superintendence of them to his holy keeping. " Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of action ; and, bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of...
Page 313 - ... detailed in this letter, and are too obvious and important to escape the observation of any part of America or Europe. But, as it is a movement of great delicacy, it will require all your address to communicate the subject in a manner, that shall be inoffensive to his feelings, and consistent with all the respect that is due from me to him.
Page 372 - I will never send another Minister to France without assurances that he will be received, respected, and honored, as the representative of a great, free, powerful, and independent nation.
Page 423 - I have for some time past viewed the political concerns of the United States with an anxious and painful eye. They appear to me to be moving by hasty strides to a crisis; but in what it will result, that Being, who sees, foresees, and directs all things, alone can tell. The vessel is afloat, or very nearly so, and considering myself as a passenger only, I shall trust to the mariners (whose duty it is to watch) to steer it into a safe port.
Page 341 - ... call Generals Knox and Hamilton into service as soon as you please. Your request, to be informed whether I attach any portion of the intrigues, which I alluded to, if any have been employed, to you, is reasonable; and I have no scruple to acknowledge that your conduct through the whole towards me has been candid. I have suspected, however, that extraordinary pains were taken with you to impress upon your mind that the public opinion and the unanimous wish of the federalists was, that General...
Page 435 - Beware, my dear sir, of magnifying a riot into an Insurrection, by employing, in the first instance, an inadequate force. 'Tis better far to err on the other side. Whenever the Government appears in arms, it it ought to appear like a HERCULES, and inspire respect by the display of strength.
Page 226 - Navy did not take place till some time after. I well remember the meeting, for I have often thought of it since. It was composed of Mr. Wolcott, yourself, Mr. Lee, and myself. Mr. Adams, in a familiar way, said, " Gentlemen, what think you of Mr. Gerry for the mission ? " None of the gentlemen offering to speak, I observed : " I have served in the old Congress with Mr. Gerry. If, sir, it was a desirable thing to distract the mission, a fitter person could not, perhaps, bo found. It is ten to one...
Page 464 - They write private letters. To whom ? To each other. But they do nothing to give a proper direction to the public mind.
Page 93 - I have ever been a friend to adequate powers in Congress, without which, it is evident to me, we never shall establish a national character or be considered as on a respectable footing by the powers of Europe. We are either a united people under one head and for federal purposes, or we are thirteen independent sovereignties eternally counteracting each other.
Page 58 - After a tour of at least seven hundred and fifty miles, performed in nineteen days, I returned to this place yesterday afternoon, where I found your favor of the 31st ultimo, intimating a resolution of Congress for calling me to Princeton, partly, as it would seem, on my own account, and partly for the purpose of giving aid to Congress...

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