Priestley in America, 1794-1804

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P. Blakiston's son & Company, 1920 - Chemists - 173 pages

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Page 172 - THE BODY of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Printer, (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out, and stript of its lettering and gilding) lies here food for worms ; yet the work itself shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by THE AUTHOR.
Page 171 - For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Page 109 - ... navy mad, which is worst of all. How desirable is it that you could pursue that subject for us. From the Porcupines of our country you will receive no thanks ; but the great mass of our nation will edify and, thank you. How deeply have I been chagrined and mortified at the persecutions which fanatism and monarchy have excited against you, even here ! At first I believed it was merely a continuance of the English persecution.
Page 49 - Nature committed to man as a sacred deposite, have been •No doubt written during the meeting. secured. Here, we have been enabled, under the favour of Divine Providence, to establish a government of laws and not of men ; a government, which secures to its citizens equal rights and equal liberty ; and which offers an asylum to the good, to the persecuted, and to the oppressed of other climes.
Page 156 - He is generally considered an unbeliever; if so, however, he cannot be far from us, and I hope in the way to be not only almost, but altogether what we are.
Page 5 - ... men. They have the virtue of fortitude or they would not venture to own their heresy; and they cannot afford to be deficient in any of the other virtues, as that would give advantage to their many enemies; and they have not, like orthodox sinners, such a number of friends to excuse or justify them. Do not, however, mistake me. It is not to my good friend's heresy that I impute his honesty. On the contrary, 'tis his honesty that has brought upon him the character of heretic.
Page 91 - MY DEAR SIR: Every account I have from England makes me think myself happy in this peaceful retirement, where I enjoy almost everything I can wish in this life, and where I hope to close it, though I find it is reported, both here and in England, that I am about to return The advantages we enjoy in this country are indeed very great.
Page 23 - France, and to affect the total destruction of the rights of man. Under these afflicting circumstances we rejoice that America opens her arms to receive, with fraternal affection, the friend of liberty and human happiness, and that here he may enjoy the best blessings of civilized society.
Page 92 - Though dead and buried, I would not willingly leave them, and hope to rest with them, when the sovereign disposer of all things shall put a period to my present labours and pursuits. The advantages we enjoy in this country are indeed very great. Here we have no poor; we never see a beggar, nor is there a family in want.
Page 51 - ... any thing useful to mankind, but the mere reputation of the patron, who is seldom any judge of science. Whereas a Republic, which neither flatters, nor is to be flattered, will not fail in due time to distinguish true merit, and to give every encouragement that is proper to be given in the case. Besides, by opening, as you generously do "an asylum to the persecuted and oppressed of all climes...

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