Memoirs of John Quincy Adams: Comprising Portions of His Diary from 1795 to 1848, Volume 4

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Charles Francis Adams
J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1875 - Presidents
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Page 461 - Dans l'adversité de nos meilleurs amis, nous trouvons toujours quelque chose qui ne nous déplaît pas.
Page 76 - G — d, he would breed you a quarrel before he had been there a month ! " * l 5 Adams, 359, 368 to 380.
Page 157 - God! may I die the death of the righteous, and may my last end be like hers ! On receiving this deeply distressing intelligence, I immediately left my office and came home.
Page 500 - I take it for granted that the present question is a mere preamble — a titlepage to a great tragic volume.
Page 386 - I am a man of reserved, cold, austere, and forbidding manners: my political adversaries say, a gloomy misanthropist, and my personal enemies, an unsocial savage. With a knowledge of the actual defect in my character, I have not the pliability to reform it.
Page 249 - Mr. Onis came at the appointed hour of one, and delivered to me his projet of a treaty . . . nth. . . . The second article of Onis's projet contains the cession of the Floridas by the King of Spain to the United States, but describing the Floridas such as they were ceded by Great Britain in 1783, and with...
Page 217 - ... persons employed in explorations and surveys to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi river to the Pacific ocean, the six parties engaged in those surveys have completed their field duties ; reports from four of them have been received and printed, under a resolution of the House of Representatives, passed at the last session. The two remaining reports, it is expected, will be ready for the printer in the course of next month. No provision was...
Page 359 - Tacitus given me by Wells and Lilly in return for the Ernesti edition of mine, which they had to print their Cicero from. I cannot indulge ( myself in the luxury of giving two hours a day to these writers; but to live without having a Cicero and a Tacitus at hand seems to me as if it was a privation of one of my limbs.
Page 529 - A dissolution, at least temporary, of the Union, as now constituted would be certainly necessary, and the dissolution must be upon a point involving the question of slavery, and no other. The Union might then be reorganized on the fundamental principle of emancipation. This object is vast in its compass, awful in its prospects, sublime and beautiful in its issue. A life devoted to it would be nobly spent or sacrificed.
Page 522 - Oh, if but one man could arise with a genius capable of comprehending, a heart capable of supporting, and an utterance capable of communicating those eternal truths that belong to this question, to lay bare in all its nakedness that outrage upon the goodness of God, human slavery, now is the time, and this is the occasion, upon which such a man would perform the duties of an angel upon earth ! 1 3th.

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