The Percy Anecdotes, Revised Edition: To which is Added, a Valuable Collection of American Anecdotes. Original and Select ...

Harper & Bros., 1852

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Page 58 - It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace ! peace ! but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that sweeps from the north, will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms ; our brethren »re already in the field ! why stand we here idle
Page 58 - already in the field ! why stand we here idle 1 What is it that gentlemen wish ? What would they have ! Is life so dear, and peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chain* and slavery
Page 6 - extraordinary effect which was produced by Mr. Whitefield's preaching in America; and relates an anecdote equally characteristic of the preacher and of himself. " I happened," says the doctor, " to attend one of his sermons, in the course of which I perceived he intended to finish with
Page 23 - to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me when I sleep, And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd." FREDERIC THE GREAT. Previous to the battle of Lutzen, in which eighty thousand Austrian» were defeated by an army of thirtysix thousand Prussians, commanded by Frederic the Great, this monarch ordered all his
Page 9 - very glad the choice has fallen upon you to be their minister. I wish you, sir, to believe, and that it may be understood in America, that I have done nothing in the late contest but what I thought myself indispensably bound to do. by the duty which I owed to my people. 1 will be
Page 386 - of this grave scene," he says, " was fully contrasted by the burlesque Duke of Newcastle. He fell into a fit of crying the moment he came into the chapel, and flung himself back in a stall, the archbishop hovering over him with a smelling bottle; but in two minutes his curiosity got the
Page 18 - whose parliamentary trust he has abused. " I impeach him in the name of the Commons of Great Britain, whose national character he has dishonored. " I impeach him in the name of the people of India, whose laws, rights, and liberties he has subverted ; whose
Page 174 - in armor. In the evening I sat down, and began to write, without knowing in the least what 1 intended to say or relate. The work grew on my hands, and I grew fond of it ; so that I was very glad to think of anything rather than
Page 6 - give, and applied to a neighbor who stood near him to lend him some money for the purpose. The request was fortunately made to perhaps the only man in the company who had the firmness not to be affected by the preacher. His answer was,
Page 5 - men. I had ever thought to live with you, but for the injuries of one man. Colonel Cressap, the last spring, in cold blood and unprovoked, cut off all the relations of Logan, not sparing even my women and children. There runs not a drop of my blood in the veins of any human creature. This called on me for revenge. I have sought it. 1

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