The Life of Gouverneur Morris: With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers ; Detailing Events in the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and in the Political History of the United States, Volume 3

Gray & Bowen, 1832

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Página 255 - Constitution which we now present, is the result of a spirit of amity and of that mutual deference and concession which the peculiarity of our political situation rendered indispensable.
Página 42 - To plague the inventor ; this even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips.
Página 184 - I always thought that, when we should acquire Canada and Louisiana it would be proper to govern them as provinces, and allow them no voice in our councils. In wording the third section of the fourth article, I went as far as circumstances would permit to establish the exclusion. Candor obliges me to add my belief, that, had it been more pointedly expressed, a strong opposition would have been made.
Página 313 - Having rejected redundant and equivocal terms, I believed it to b* as clear as our language would permit ; excepting, nevertheless, a part of what relates to the judiciary. On that subject, conflicting opinions had been maintained with so much professional astuteness, that it became necessary to select phrases, which expressing my own notions would not alarm others, nor shock their selflove, and to the best of my recollection, this was the only part which passed without cavil.
Página 370 - ... raised against the bosom of a brother. After these preliminary remarks, I hope I shall be indulged while I consider the subject in reference to the two points which have been taken, the expediency and the constitutionality of the repeal. In* considering the expediency, I hope I shall be pardoned for asking your attention to some parts of the Constitution, which have not yet been dwelt upon, and which tend to elucidate this part of our inquiry.
Página 405 - There will be a constant struggle in Congress as to the kind of public force, which ought to be maintained. The one part will desire an army, the other a navy. The unyielding spirit of party, will, perhaps, prevent the support of either ; leaving the nation completely defenceless, and thereby increasing the power of those who may influence or command our destinies. For, let it be remembered, that a nation without public force, is not an independent nation.
Página 100 - SIR, It is a very long time since I had the pleasure of receiving a line from you or of writing to you. You may have reason to think that I am principally to blame since I had the last letter from you. I delayed writing in hopes of having some subject to write on & tho' I expected such I was disappointed.
Página 57 - I have observed before, while their own sufferings during the war with the latter had not been forgotten. It is well known, that peace has been (to borrow a modern phrase) the order of the day with me since the disturbances in Europe first commenced. My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor...
Página 253 - He heartily assented, nevertheless, to the constitution, because he considered it as a band which might hold us together for some time, aud he knew that national sentiment is the offspring of national existence. He trusted, moreover, that, in the changes and chances of time, we should be involved in some war, which might strengthen our union and nerve the executive.
Página 392 - Cast not away this only anchor of our safety. I have seen its progress. I know the difficulties through which it was obtained. I stand in the presence of Almighty God, and of the world ; and I declare to you, that if you lose this charter, never ! no, never will you get another! We are now, perhaps, arrived at the parting point. Here, even here, we stand on the brink of fate. Pause — Pause — For Heaven's sake, Pause ! ! SPEECH OF JAMES A.

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