the life of james fisk jr

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Page 318 - Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confused; Still by himself abused or disabused; Created half to rise, and half to fall; Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all; Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd: The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!
Page 406 - In the name of God, Amen : I, Sarah M. Cottrell, of the Town of Scott in the County of Cortland and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish, and declare this my last Will and Testament...
Page 318 - With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the stoic's pride He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest; In doubt to deem himself a god or beast ; In doubt his mind or body to prefer ; Born but to die, and reasoning but to err; Alike in ignorance, his reason such, Whether he thinks too little or too much...
Page 178 - I knew that somebody had run a saw right into us, and said I, 'This whole damned thing has turned out just as I told you it would.' I considered the whole party a pack of cowards, and I expected that when we came to clear our hands they would sock it right into us. I said to him, 'I don't know whether you have lied or not, and I don't know what ought to be done with you.
Page 144 - After they had all interchanged their views, some one asked the President what his view was. He remarked that he thought there was a certain amount of fictitiousness about the prosperity of the country, and that the bubble might as well be tapped in one way as another. . . . We supposed from that conversation that the President was a contractionist. His remark struck across us like a wet blanket.
Page 186 - The fact is, a desperate struggle is now taking place and each party wants the government to help them out. I write this letter to advise you of what I think you may expect, to put you on your guard. I think, from the lights before me, I would move on without change until the present struggle is over.
Page 151 - Not knowing where the article came from, yet, from whatever source it originated, I suspected there might be, from the statements of the last paragraph, a sinister purpose to bull gold, so the double leads were taken out, the tail of the article stricken off, and the article, as it appears, published on the 25th ; the intention, I have no doubt, was that it should appear just as much semi-official as the other article of the 6th of August, which Mr. Bigelow himself wrote after his interview with...
Page 259 - ... moneys that had been stolen, to bring to justice the chief criminals, to summon to your aid the legislative and executive powers of the State, to obtain the repeal of the City Charter, to exterminate from office the Ring and all its minions, and finally, in the words of your resolution of September 4, 'To assist, sustain and direct a united effort by the citizens of New York, without reference to party, to obtain a good government, and honest officers to administer it.
Page 183 - ... as it did before the suspension of specie payments, so far as our foreign trade is concerned. The shock was so universal, not only in America but abroad, that our railroad...
Page 465 - Legislature, and the most consummate invested interest of the land in his hand, and laughed at England, and laughed at New York, and matched himself against the financial skill of the whole city, and outwitted the whole, and rode out to this hour in glaring and magnificent prosperity, — shameless, vicious, criminal, abominable in his lusts, and flagrant in his violation of public decency...

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