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Page 410 - O unexpected stroke, worse than of death ! Must I thus leave thee, Paradise? thus leave Thee, native soil, these happy walks and shades, Fit haunt of gods? where I had hope to spend, Quiet though sad, the respite of that day That must be mortal to us both.
Page 411 - Thus we began our pilgrimage, alternately walking and riding, the roads filled with frightened women and children, some in carts with their tattered furniture, others on foot fleeing into the woods.
Page 74 - America will both have Reason to repent it. He is not only so indolent that Business will be neglected, but you know that, although he has as determined a soul as any man, yet it is his constant Policy never to say ' yes ' or ' no ' decidedly but when he cannot avoid it.
Page 99 - Shall a few designing men, for their own aggrandizement, and to gratify their own avarice, overset the goodly fabric we have been rearing at the expense of so much time, blood, and treasure ? and shall we, at last, become the victims of our own abominable lust of gain ? Forbid it, Heaven...
Page 67 - I find in a state of confusion and darkness that surprises me. Prodigious sums of money have been expended, and large sums are yet due ; but there are no books of account, nor any documents from whence I have been able to learn what the United States have received as an equivalent.
Page 74 - I know also, and it is necessary that you should be informed, that he is overwhelmed with a correspondence from all quarters, most of them upon trifling subjects and in a more trifling style, with unmeaning visits from Multitudes of People, chiefly from the Vanity of having it to say that they have seen him. There is another thing which I am obliged to mention. There are so many private families, Ladies, and gentlemen that he visits so often, — and they are so fond of him, that he cannot well avoid...
Page 451 - Great numbers of women, who seemed to be the beasts of burden, having bushel baskets on their backs, by which they were bent double. The contents seemed to be pots and kettles, various sorts of furniture, children peeping through gridirons and other utensils. Some very young infants, who were born on the road ; the women barefooted, clothed in dirty rags.
Page 6 - The General is in camp in what is called the great valley on the Banks of the Schuylkill. Officers and men are chiefly in Hutts, which they say is tolerably comfortable; the army are as healthy as can well be expected in general. The General's apartment is very small ; he has had a log cabin built to dine in, which has made our quarter much more tolerable than they were at first.
Page 40 - I shall live and die. Is Great Britain to be annihilated ? No such thing. A revolution in her government may possibly take place, but whether in favor of despotism or republicanism is the question. The scarcity of virtue, and even the semblance of it, seems an invincible obstacle to the latter, but the annihilation of a nation never takes place. It depends wholly on herself to determine whether she shall sink down into the rank of the middling powers of Europe, or whether she shall maintain the second...