Life of Josiah Quincy of Massachusetts

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Ticknor and Fields, 1868 - Legislators - 560 pages

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Page 282 - Phoebus replied, and touched my trembling ears: "Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil, Nor in the glistering foil Set off to the world, nor in broad rumor lies, But lives and spreads aloft by those pure eyes And perfect witness of all-judging Jove; As he pronounces lastly on each deed, Of so much fame in heaven expect thy meed.
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 125 - debate," if such it can be called, while opposing a postponement for further information and reflection, he said, " The President has recommended the measure on his high responsibility ; I would not consider, I would not deliberate ; I would act. Doubtless the President possesses such further information as will justify the measure ! " * To my mind, that is the worst act of his public life ; I cannot justify it.
Page 225 - I am authorized to declare to you, sir, that the decrees of Berlin and Milan are revoked, and that after the first of November they will cease to have effect; it being understood that, in consequence of this declaration, the English shall revoke their orders in council, and renounce the new principles of blockade which they have wished to establish, or, that the United States, conformably to the act you have just communicated, shall cause then rights to be respected by the English.
Page 541 - Whose passions not his masters are ; Whose soul is still prepared for death ; Not tied unto the world with care Of prince's ear or vulgar breath...
Page 400 - I beg of you, Mr. Mayor, Gentlemen of the City Council, and all of you, beloved citizens of Boston, to accept the respectful and warm thanks of a heart, which has, for nearly half a century, been particularly devoted to your illustrious city.
Page 156 - ... individual, at an awful distance from the predominant influences, to suggest plans of government. But to my eye, the path of our duty is as distinct as the milky way ; all studded with living sapphires ; glowing with cumulating light. It is the path of active preparation ; of dignified energy. It is the path of 1776. It consists, not in abandoning our rights, but in supporting them, as they exist, and where they exist — on the ocean, as well as on the land.
Page 49 - Then, whether it snowed or rained, the traveller must rise and make ready by the help of a horn lantern and a farthing candle, and proceed on his way over bad roads.
Page 92 - 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 377 - Railed at Latona's twin-born progeny, Which after held the Sun and Moon in fee. But this is got by casting pearl to hogs, That bawl for freedom in their senseless mood, And still revolt when Truth would set them free.

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