Biography of Martin Van Buren, Vice President of the United States: With an Appendix, Containing Selections from His Writings ... with Other Valuable Documents, Among which Will be Found the Late Letter of Colonel Thos. H. Benton, to the Convention of the State of Mississippi
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Side 98 - Had this day been wanting, the world had never seen the last stage of perfection, to which human nature is capable of attaining.
Side 47 - After years of forbearance, in despite of concessions without number, and we had almost said, without limitation, that cruel and unrelenting spirit of oppression and injustice which has for centuries characterized the spirit of the British cabinet, overwhelmed nation after nation, and caused humanity to shed tears of blood, has involved us in a war, — on the termination of which are staked the present honor, and the future welfare of America. " While thus engaged in an arduous and interesting struggle...
Side 154 - States, would, under existing circumstances, be unjust in itself, and could not fail to excite their deepest sensibility. The tone of feeling which a course so unwise and untenable is calculated to produce, would doubtless be greatly aggravated by the consciousness that Great Britain has, by order in council, opened her colonial ports to Russia and France, notwithstanding a similar omission on their part to accept the terms offered by the act of July, 1825.
Side 154 - ... that Great Britain has, by order in council, opened her colonial ports to Russia and France, notwithstanding a similar omission on their part to accept the terms offered by the act of July, 1825. You cannot press this view of the subject too earnestly upon the consideration of the British ministry. It has bearings and relations that reach beyond the immediate question under discussion.
Side 128 - ... artem, he must be more cunning than the devil himself, to have thus avoided the snares of enemies and the treachery of pretended friends. It is not possible, sir, that he should have escaped, had he been otherwise than pure. Those ignorant of his unrivalled knowledge of human character, his power of penetrating into the designs, and defeating the purposes of his adversaries, seeing his rapid advance to public honors, and popular confidence, impute to art what is the natural result of those simple...
Side 115 - State where the blessings of a free government are enjoyed, there they had a name, if not a local habitation, that could not fail to work its way to the hearts of their fellow citizens. It was true, he said, that by the list submitted, it did not appear that any of the officers resided in seven of the new States, and he was not sorry for it.
Side 50 - By liberty we never understood unlimited freedom, nor by equality the levelling of property or the destruction of subordination. This is a calumny invented by that faction or that gang which misrepresents the King to the people, and the people to the King; traduces one half of the nation to cajole the other; and, by keeping up distrust and division, wishes to continue the proud arbitrators of the fortune and fate of Ireland.
Side 52 - ... war, an occasional duty, ought never to be made an occupation ; every man should become a soldier in the defence of his rights ; no man ought to continue a soldier for offending the rights of others : the sacrifice of life in the service of our country is a duty much too honourable to be intrusted to mercenaries...
Side 58 - ... they point to the wars which agitate and have convulsed Europe, as arguments against the prosecution of that just and necessary one which has been forced upon us, we know that you will indignantly repel the unfounded suggestion. The wars of Europe are waged by monarchs, to gratify their individual malice, their individual caprice, and to satiate their lawless ambition. Ours is in defence of rights which must be defended, or our glory as a nation will be extinguished — the sun of our greatness...