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From the Hon. HENRY A. Wise, late Representative in Congress and Governor of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
RICHMOND, VA., September 9, 1875. I have received and read the title-page of the Principles and Acts of the American Revolution, compiled, &c.
I always had the highest respect for “Niles' Register," as a full and generally accurate source of information. Hezekiah Niles, Esq., in spite of strong political prejudices, could as well be relied on for statement of facts as any other publisher I ever sought information from. He was warm in his Ameri. can affections, and sought to inspire a true republican patriotism, and fortified the national feelings and faith by his Register and all his works. I therefore confide much in any compilation of his or from his Register. Benjamin Elliot, Esq., in his letter in 1816 to him said: “The present (1816) is a most propitious period for the compilation—the feelings and sentiments of '76 were never so prevalent as at present." This he offered as a reason for the compilation. And now at this present, I urge the very opposite reason for the republication : that never were the feelings and sentiments of '76 less prevalent than now. What with the immense mass of immigrant population, naturally ignorant of our institutions and history; what with the feelings embittered by the late civil war; and what with what is called “ Young America" and its tendency and influence—there has been an awful chasm cleft between '76 and this present time, and, not like the slip in mining, the veins of formation don't continue in the same direction. We are departing from republicanism, forgetful and ignorant of the safeguards of liberty, regulated by organic and statute law, and we are rapidly tending to the concentration of all power in the hands of one man, or an oligarchy in Congress. Even at a sacrifice of some pecuniary loss, I beg you to republish and circulate this work. It will not be read by a large majority in this generation, but it will be a magazine for a few republican patriots, and if fitted for the schools and colleges will go far and do much to revive the sentiments and feelings of '76 in the next generation. We need a revival of “political religion.” Patriotism is a religion, sacred and holy—the amor patriæ, founded on the amor loci, which broods like a dove over cradles, hearths, altars, and graves of home. It has its country, it has its fathers, it has its faith, it has its hope and love, and then it has its permanence and perpetuity. Revive us, O Lord; revive us, I pray.
From the Hon. THOMAS A. HENDRICKS, Governor of Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, September 10, 1875. I am gratified to learn that you intend to republish the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution,” being a compilation of speeches, orations, and interesting articles of the revolutionary period. prepared and originally published by your grandfather, Hezekiah Niles. I suppose he was more generally known to American readers as the editor and publisher of “Niles' Register,” a periodical at one time universally, and, now, generally known, and highly appreciated for its varied and reliable information.
In this enterprise, you will make a valuable and very interesting contribution to the literature of 1876.
I cannot doubt that it will be received by the young men whose patriotism will be stimulated by the Centennial Celebration of our Independence, in the spirit and beautiful sentiment in which it was dedi cated to the young men of the United States in 1822.
From the Hon. EDWARDS PIERREPONT, Attorney General of the United States.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, WASHINGTON, September 15, 1875. I have read your preface to the “ Principles and Acts of the Revolution.” I believe it would be a great advantage, not only to the young men, but to all men of the country, to have the work republished for the Centennial Anniversary.
From the Hon. REVERDY JOHNSON, Baltimore, Md., late Attorney General and Senator of the United
BALTIMORE, MD., September 9, 1875. Your note of yesterday is received. I am glad to hear that you contemplate republishing the “Principles and Acts of the Revolution” compiled by your grandfather, the late Hezekiah Niles. The work, when it first appeared, was justly esteemed a valuable contribution to the political history of our country. Its revival now cannot fail to be most advantageous. The men whose thoughts are there embodied were patriots of the purest type, and the principles they inculcated must find a ready response from the hearts of all their descendants who are true and enlightened lovers of liberty. This work, together with the Declaration of Independence, cannot be but highly cherished by the immense multitude who will be assembled on the fourth of July, 1876, to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of our existence as a free and independent nation.
From General and Ex-Representative BENJAMIN F. BUTLER.
BOSTON, September 25, 1875. If every body had the same views of the publication of “Niles' Principles and Acts of the American Revolution," of which you send me the preface, that I have, there would be no doubt of the propriety and necessity for the public good of its publication. I hope you will go on with your enterprise, and bid you God speed in your work.
From the Hon. JOHN LETCHER, late Representative and Ex-Governor of Virginia.
LEXINGTON, VA., Sept. 16, 1875. It gives me great pleasure cordially to commend your publication to public favor. The time for its appearance is most judiciously selected.
The only complete copy I have ever seen was owned by the venerable Andrew Alexander, now deceased, and was purchased by myself at the sale of his property. The facts embodied in it were of the most valuable and interesting character, and I am gratified that you propose to reproduce them in a shape for permanent preservation.
From JUSTICE W. STRONG, U. S. Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 1875. I learn with much pleasure that you contemplate a republication in 1876 of the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution,” compiled and published in 1822 by your grandfather, Hezekiah Niles. The work was invaluable when it was first published, and its republication will be doubly valuable in our Centennial year. What every true patriot must ardently desire is a new birth of the spirit which prevailed in the days of the Revolution. What that spirit was, and what were the feelings that controlled the action of the revolutionary fathers, we can best gather from the few remains that are left of their speeches and acts. Your grandfather was a most industrious and accurate compiler, and the work which he published in 1822, long since out of print, more than any single book with which I am acquainted, may be expected to reveal the revolutionary spirit, and awaken in the hearts of young men the love of constitutional freedom and an attachment to those principles which are essential to its preservation. I hope nothing will deter you from carrying out your design. From Hon. JosEPH P. BRADLEY, Judge Supreme Court United States.
STOWE, Vt., Sept. 23, 1875. The republication of the “Principles and Acts of the Revolution," I should think, would be emiDently calculated to foster a feeling of national unity and patriotism. From JUSTICE NATHAN CLIFFORD, United States Supreme Court.
PORTLAND, MAINE, Sept. 18, 1875. I am of the opinion that the republication of the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution" would present a useful compilation to the present generation, both young and old, as tending to revive the recollection of the Principles and Acts of the American Revolution, which ought to be cherished and revered.
From the Hon. M. C. KERR, Speaker of the House of Representatives from Indiana.
DENVER, COLORADO, Sept. 17, 1875. It gives me great pleasure to learn that you are about to republish that very interesting, instructive, and useful work of your patriotic and distinguished grandfather, Hezekiah Niles, entitled “Principles and Acts of the Revolution." It is not creditable to the country that it has been suffered to go out of print. You have chosen a most opportune period for its reproduction-our Centennial year. It will add profitable store to the beneficent and patriotic literature of that year. From Justice N. H. SWAYNE, U. S. Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 1875. I am familiar with the work entitled “Principles and Acts of the Revolution in America," edited and published by Hezekiah Niles. It is a book of high character and great historic interest and value. It is out of print, and in my judgment ought to be republished. There can be no more suitable time for doing this than now. The volume will be an apt centennial offering to the nation. From Justice DAVID DAVIS, U. S. Supreme Court.
BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS, Sept. 27, 1875. From an inspection of the title-page of the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution," com. piled by your grandfather (which you were kind enough to send me), I should judge that their republication at this time would be of advantage to the young men of the country.
From Hon. Geo. W. Jones, late U. S. Senator, Iowa.
DUBUQUE, Iowa, Oct. 10, 1875. I am very clearly of the opinion that a republication of the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution,” as compiled by your distinguished and learned grandfather, the late Hezekiah Niles, Esq., would not only be of advantage to the young, but to old, and every person in our country who has left one spark of "amor patriæ” in his heart. Republish it by all means, and set me down for at least one copy for myself and one for each of my three sons.
From JAMES F. HARRISON, M. D., Chairman of the Faculty.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, CHAIRMAN'S OFFICE, October 8, 1875. I have read the preface to the “ Principles and Acts of the American Revolution," and I entertain the opinion that the republication of the work, and its reading during the Centennial Celebration, would be highly advantageous to the rising generation of young men of our country. In fact, I do not know of a work whose perusal during the time of the Centennial Anniversary would so largely contribute to the advantage and benefit of our young men generally as the one in question.
From Hon. W. W. CORCORAN.
WASHINGTON, September 20, 1875. The proposed republication of the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution," compiled by your grandfather, in my judgment, will prove of great advantage to the young men of the country. I entertain the belief that the present, and, indeed, the next generation, would be materially benefited by a more extensive circulation of these valuable documents.
From the Hon. COLUMBUS DELANO, late Secretary of the Interior.
DepartMENT OF THE INTERIOR, WASHINGTON, September 18, 1875. I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 13th instant, enclosing the title page of the “ Principles and Acts of the Revolution," a work dedicated by your grandfather, Hezekiah Niles, in 1822, to the young men of the United States, which you propose to republish during the Centennial Anniversary of our Independence.
In response to your request for my opinion, touching the benefit that the young men of our country would derive from its perusal, I will remark that a more familiar knowledge of the history of the American Revolution to be derived from said publication, cannot fail to be of great advantage to the class of readers for whom it is especially intended. From the Hon. JOHN M. BRODHEAD, late Second Comptroller, U. S. Treasury.
TREASURY DEPARTMENT, SECOND COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE, Sept. 18, 1875. I have your note of the 18th instant, enclosing the title page of the “ Principles and Acts of the American Revolution,” compiled by your honored grandfather.
In my opinion, there is no work connected with American history the republication of which would be more interesting and advantageous to the young men of our country than this production of Hezekiah Niles, one of the most eminent and accurate journalists of the age. He was “primus inter pares :" his judgment in selections, and the careful way in which he sisted facts, with his regard for the exact truth made his publications an authority that did not mislead, as I have had occasion to prove by frequent reference. I hope the compilation may be republished in time for the Centennial. From the Hon. SAMUEL S. Cox, Representative in Congress from New York.
New YORK City, September 17, 1875. My father, who was an editor in the early days, used Niles' Register as a mechanic—the very tools of his trade. As a public man, anxious for truths and facts, I have been familiar with its pages. Your proposition to reproduce the “ Principles and Acts of the Revolution" is eminently wise. I commend it from my limited standpoint, and wish your enterprise success. From the Rev. W. PINKNEY, Bishop Episcopal Church, Maryland.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Seplember 16, 1875. The publication you propose would be peculiarly appropriate at this time, and I fully appreciate its value to the young men of the country, who need to be carried back to the elder years of the Republicits truly golden era. I shall hail the republication with pleasure. From Hon. Ward HUNT, Judge Supreme Court, U. S.
Utica, N. Y., September 25, 1875. I am of the opinion that the republication of the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution" will be wise and timely. I possess the “Weekly Register," by Mr. Niles, and should be much pleased to obtain a copy of the work you propose to republish to place beside it.
From GENERAL FITZHUGH LEE, late of the Confederate Army.
RICHLAND, STAFFORD Co., Va., September 25, 1875. I sincerely hope you may carry out your purpose, and republish your grandfather's “Principles and Acts of the Revolution.”
Mr. Benjamin Elliott, of Charleston, S. C., in writing to him in November, 1816, used these words in urging its first publication : “ The present is a most propitious period, the feelings and solemnities of '76 were never so prevalent as at present. The moment and opportunity may pass and not immediately return. Let us, then, avail ourselves of the circumstance to make some deep impression. What better impression can we make than by rendering the opinions and conduct of our fathers familiar ?" Is it possible to do more than to recall the present applicability of Mr. Elliott's words to the grandfather to the grandson?
From GENERAL E. D. TOWNSEND, Adjutant General United States Army.
WASHINGTON, September 20, 1875. I take pleasure in saying I think it highly desirable on many accounts that the work should be republished. The people of this country are beginning to realize that we have some antiquity as nation. Great pains are taken to collect and to exhibit any relics of the past, and a growing interest is centering around such relics. Whatever contributes to such a taste, certainly will not diminish the love of country which just now we are all so anxious to develop.
I really think your proposed contribution to this stock of relics will prove of inestimable value. It is a pity such a work should be suffered to lie hidden from view. From COMMODORE SAMUEL BARRON, late Confederate States Navy.
LOREITA, Essex Co., Va., Oct 11, 1875. Your design to republish the Principles and Acts of the Revolution I think most highly of, and believe that you could not present a more acceptable offering to the present and rising generation of the country. From the Hon. CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS.
QUINCY, Mass., September 23, 1875. I know of no single volume (the “Principles and Acts of the Revolution,” edited by your grand. father more than fifty years ago) which contains a more curious and interesting collection of early papers not readily to be found in these days without much search anywhere else. For the young people of the present generation, having their curiosity raised by the recurrence of the Centennial next year, I shoula think it a very excellent fund of instruction.
From Hon. GEORGE W. WILLIAMS, late Attorney General of the United States.
WASHINGTON, September 28, 1875. Your proposed republication of the “ Principles and Acts of the Revolution” will be a valuable con tribution to the literature of the times. Our approaching Centennial Anniversary is intended, among other things, to revive for our guidance and instruction the examples and events of the early days of the Republic. Your proposed work, in this point of view, will be interesting and useful. From the Hon. JOSEPH SEGAR. late Member of Congress from Virginia.
WASHINGTON, November 23, 1875. I have not a doubt that the whole American people will hail with lively satisfaction the republication of the “Principles and Acts of the Revolution,” gathered half a century ago by your distinguished grandfather, and all must agree that the Centennial Anniversary of our Independence is the most befit. ting occasion for the reissue of these liberty-inspiring productions of our patriot fathers.
It was an immortal sentiment of one of the great statesmen of our revolutionary era, George Mason, of Virginia, whose statesmanship illumines many a page of the volume proposed to be republished, that * no free government, or the blessings of liberty can be preserved to any people but by frequent recur. rence to fundamental principles.” If this be so, how unexpressibly valuable will be the reproduction of the "Principles and Acts of the Revolution" you propose to reprint. Where else can we fmd so bright expositions of the fundamental principles of free government.
That great people, the English, recur all the time to “ Runnymede," and take counsel of the old barons that there laid down liberty's law, and announced to the people of England the fundamental principles of civil liberty; and it is this “ever and anon” worship at that holy altar that makes that people practically as free as any on the earth, and that renders it impossible for any man or set of men to encroach a hair's breadth upon the liberties of England.
If we would continue imbued with the genuine spirit of freedom, and remain steadfast in our reverence of constitutional liberty, we must go back often to the revolutionary source
rces: in the language of your patriotic ancestor, we must "catch a spark from the altar of '76, and enter into the spirit of past times."
From the Hon. WM. M. EVARTS, late Attorney General, United States.
WINDSOR, VT., Sept. 22, 1875. It seems to me that it would be a timely contribution to the Centennial memories of the next year, and would have a beneficial and extensive influence upon the opinions and sentiments of the young men of the country, for whom it was especially prepared, and to whom the original publication was dedicated. From Hon. Matt. H. CARPENTER, late U. S. Senator from Wisconsin.
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Sept. 18, 1875. I have received the title page of the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution," compiled by your grandfather, Hezekiah Niles, editor of the “Weekly Register," which you propose to republish as a contribution to the Centennial Celebration of that glorious event.
I cannot refrain from expressing my satisfaction at your determination to publish this work. As far as reason excels physical force, so far the “principles" of the Revolution ought to be exalted above its mere material events. The young men of the country cannot fail to derive benefit from perusing this work, and they must be dull indeed if they do not draw therefrom a new inspiration in favor of liberty and government founded upon free principles.
From the Hon. GEORGE M. ROBESON, Secretary of the Navy.
Navy DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 1875. I have received your letter enclosing the prospectus of your proposed work. I need not say that I heartily approve of the idea, and am sure it will be a most valuable contribution to the literature of our Centennial time, most instructive to the young, and of interest to the more mature. It is only by frequent comparison of the opinions of the past with the sentiment of the present that we are able to realize the full extent to which progress has come, and reminiscences of this character, at once comprehensive and unimpeachable, mark most accurately the real path of our history and teach its lessons most truly.
From CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE, Supreme Court of the United States.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Oct. 19, 1875. The coming Centennial ought to furnish, as it undoubtedly will, many students of the “Principles and Acts of the Revolution,” and the republication now of your grandfather's book with that title would certainly be most timely. No one could have better opportunities for compiling revolutionary papers, speeches, etc., than the editor of “Niles' Register," and few, if any, have been better fitted for such a work.
From Gen. S. V. BENET, Chief of Ordnance.
WASHINGTON, Seplember 30, 1875. The republication of the “Principles and Acts of the American Revolution,” compiled by the distin guished editor of the “Weekly Register,” during the Centennial anniversary of our Independence, will, I am sure, be received with great satisfaction by the whole country. I am profoundly impressed with the value of the work as a means of educating our youth in the principles that actuated the Revolu. tionary Fathers, and impressing upon them the necessity of so acting as to perpetuate the blessings we enjoy to the latest posterity.
From Hon. D. W. Voorhees, late Member of Congress from Indiana.
Terre HAUTE, IND., December 10, 1875. I can imagine nothing more appropriate, and few things as useful at this time, as the publication you contemplate. I place myself at your service in any way that I can aid you in the undertaking. From Hon. A. G. THURMAN, United States Senator, Ohio.
WASHINGTON, December 18, 1875. In my opinion, the republication of Niles' “ Principles and Acts of the Revolution" would be a very valuable contribution to the public and private libraries in the United States; and I am glad to learn that you contemplate such republication.
From GENERAL Geo. WASHINGTON Custis LEE, President of “Washington and Lee University,"
PRESIDENT'S OFFICE, LEXINGTON, VA., March 27, 1876. I venture the opinion that the republication of the “Principles and Acts of the Revolution in America,” published in 1822 by the late Hezekiah Niles, editor of the “Weekly Register," and dedicated to the young men of the United States, will prove a valuable and acceptable addition to the literary productions of 1876.