The Washingtoniana: Containing a Biographical Sketch of the Late Gen. George Washington: With Various Outlines of His Character, from the Pens of Different Eminent Writers, Both in Europe and America; and an Account Ot the Various Funeral Honors Devoted to His Momory. To which are Annexed His Will and Schedule of His Property...
Samuel Sower, 1800 - 298 páginas
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Página 79 - ... accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity ; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety ; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can, in any event, be abandoned ; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.
Página 89 - And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Página 94 - Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people, under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance...
Página 92 - ... of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation. As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot.
Página 74 - I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made. " I beg you at the same time to do me the...
Página 84 - The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
Página 83 - This government, the offspring of our own "choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy...
Página 97 - With me a predominant motive has been to endeavor to gain time to our country to settle and mature its yet recent institutions, and to progress without interruption to that degree of strength and consistency which is necessary to give it, humanly speaking, the command of its own fortunes.
Página 82 - Is there a doubt whether a common government can embrace so large a sphere? let experience solve it. To listen to mere speculation in such a case were criminal. We are authorized to hope that a proper organization of the whole, with the auxiliary agency of governments for the respective subdivisions, will afford a happy issue to the experiment.