This benevolent office is peculiarly agreeable to my temper. Harrison reported a resolution. It would require too much time and space to give this debate at large, if any memory could attempt it. Thus we see the whole record of this momentous transaction. Arthur Lee, in London, had heard some insinuations against Mr. In the earliest ages of the world, absolute monarchy seems to have been the universal form of government.

Jefferson, in those days, never failed to agree Edition: That it was a sense of duty, and a full conviction of an honest cause, and not any motives of ambition, or hopes of honor, or profit, which had drawn me into my present course. The only question is, whether it is a public emolument; and if it is, the rich ought undoubtedly to contribute, in the same proportion as to all other public burdens, — that is, in proportion to their wealth, which is secured by public expenses. My lodging was a cot, with a double mattress, a good bolster, my own sheets, and blankets enough; my little son with me. A letter from John Langdon to General Washington. Do you not represent them as forgetting that the prince of Orange was created King William, by the people, on purpose that their rights might be eternal and inviolable? On Monday, March 25th, I made a motion, and laid it in writing on the table, in these words,—.

No more, indeed, were made in my presence, but the party did not cease to abuse me in their secret circles dissertatiin this account, as I was well informed. Ordered, That the board of war furnish the committee of treasury with the names of the British officers, and other prisoners, who are entitled to the allowance made by Congress of two dollars a week, with the times of their captivity and the places where they are quartered.

William Livingston of New Edition: These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice. Nohn it is this principle that has always prompted the princes and nobles of the earth, by every species of fraud and violence to shake off all the limitations of their power, it is the same that has always stimulated the common people to aspire at independency, and to endeavor at confining the power of the great within the limits of equity and reason.


To this question, I can give no other answer than this. Whatever imperfections may be justly ascribed to them, which, however, are as few as any mortals have discovered, their judgment in framing their policy was founded in wise, humane, and benevolent principles.

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He seems a civil and sensible man. There let us see that truth, liberty, justice, and benevolence, are its everlasting basis; and if these could be removed, the dissertaation is overthrown of course.

These are distinguished by being placed within brackets. Be it remembered, however, that liberty must at all hazards be supported. I had applications from all quarters in the most important disputes.

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They fill about sixteen pages of the Journal. Richard Stockton, Francis Hopkinson, and Dr.

I sat in the cabin, at the windows in the stern, and saw the enemy gaining upon us very fast, she appearing to have a breeze of wind, while we had none. For this reason, they demolished the whole system of diocesan episcopacy; and, deriding, as all reasonable and impartial men must do, the ridiculous fancies of sanctified effluvia from Episcopal fingers, they established sacerdotal ordination on the foundation of the Bible and common sense.

Paine was silent and reserved upon the subject, at least to me. Last night, about sunset, we sailed out of Marblehead harbor, and have had a fine wind from that time to this, twenty-four hours. Jay and I, however, parted good friends and have continued such without interruption to this day. The manner in which he made use of his powers we shall see hereafter.

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I knew it to be impossible. I took care, however, always to bear my testimony against every plan of an unbalanced government.

Jefferson, in consequence of a letter from General Washington, sent by Colonel Tudor, Judge Advocate-General, representing the insufficiency of the articles of war, and requesting a revision of them.

Such, I supposed, were the motives which excited Mr. The British articles of war were, accordingly, reported, and defended in Congress by me assisted by some others, feudla finally carried. Thus accomplished were many of the first planters in these colonies.


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Although this advice was in a great degree conformable to the New York and Pennsylvania system, or in other words, to the system of Mr.

Rulers are no more than attorneys, agents, and trustees for the people; and if the cause, the interest and trust, is insidiously betrayed, or wantonly trifled away, the people have a right to revoke the authority that they themselves have deputed, and to constitute abler and better agents, attorneys, and trustees. Whether the people will permit any of these Constitutions to stand upon their pedestals, or whether they will throw them all down, I know not.

Let us read and recollect and impress upon our souls the views and ends of our own more immediate forefathers, in exchanging their native country for a dreary, inhospitable wilderness. Perhaps the secretary, or the president, or both, chose rather to conceal the compliment to the General, than make one to the member who made the motion and the committee who prepared it.

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In the morning we discovered three sail of vessels ahead; we went near enough to discover them to be frigates, and then put away. Religious to some degree of enthusiasm it may be admitted they were; but this can be no peculiar derogation from their character; because it was at that time almost the universal character not only of England, but of Christendom. Langdon came in from Philadelphia, and leaning over the bar, whispered to me, that Mr.

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Discipline, discipline, had become my constant topic of discourse and even declamation in and out of Congress, and especially in the board of war. Thomson, the secretary, was cousin to Ada,s. Upon my arrival at my home in Braintree, I soon found that my old clients Edition: