Life of Josiah Quincy of Massachusetts

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Fields, Osgood, 1869 - 560 pages

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Page 381 - I DID but prompt the age to quit their clogs By the known rules of ancient liberty, When straight a barbarous noise environs me Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes, and dogs...
Page 533 - For forms of faith let graceless zealots fight, He can't be wrong whose life is in the right.
Page 206 - I am compelled to declare it as my deliberate opinion that if this bill passes, the bonds of this Union are virtually dissolved ; that the States which compose it are free from their moral obligations ; and that, as it will be the right of all, so it will be the duty of some, to prepare definitely for a separation — amicably if they can, violently if they must.
Page 448 - Continue to build on the same foundation, and by the same principles ; let the extending temple of your country's freedom rise, in the spirit of ancient times, in proportions of intellectual and moral architecture, — just, simple, and sublime. As from the first to this day, let New England continue to be an example to the world of the blessings of a free government, and of the means and capacity of man to maintain it. And in all times to come, as in all times past, may Boston be among the foremost...
Page 90 - The Constitution has made no provision for our holding foreign territory, still less for incorporating foreign nations into our Union. The Executive, in seizing the fugitive occurrence which so much advances the good of their country, have done an act beyond the Constitution.
Page 152 - She was free as air. She could swim, or she could run. The ocean was her cradle. Our fathers met her as she came like the goddess of beauty from the waves. They caught her as she was sporting on the beach. They courted her while she was spreading her nets upon the rocks.
Page 211 - New States are intended to be formed beyond the Mississippi. There is no limit to men's imaginations on this subject short of California and Columbia River. When I said that the bill would justify a revolution, and would produce it, I spoke of its principle and its practical consequences. To this principle and those consequences I would call the attention of this House and nation. If it be about to introduce a condition of things absolutely insupportable, it becomes wise and honest men to anticipate...
Page 151 - I speak of an inability resulting from very different causes. The gentleman from North Carolina, (Mr. Macon,) exclaimed the other day in a strain of patriotic ardor, Ğ What ! shall not our laws be executed ? Shall their authority be defied ? I am for enforcing them at every hazard." I honor that gentleman's zeal ; and I mean no deviation from that true respect I entertain for him, when I tell him, that in this instance, " his zeal is not according to knowledge.
Page 206 - Constitution, in veneration to the sages who laid its foundations, in devotion to those principles which form its cement and constitute its proportions. What then must be my feelings ? What ought to be the feelings of a man cherishing such sentiments, when he sees an act contemplated which lays ruin at the...
Page 210 - to throw the rights and property of this people into the 'hotch-potch' with the wild men on the Missouri, nor with the mixed, though more respectable race of Anglo-Hispan-Gallo-Americans who bask on the sands in the mouth of the Mississippi. . . . Do you suppose the people of the Northern and Atlantic States will, or ought to, look on with patience and see Representatives and Senators from the Red River and Missouri, pouring themselves upon this and the other floor, managing the concerns of a seaboard...

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