Life of Arthur Lee, LL. D.: Joint Commissioner of the United States to the Court of France, and Sole Commissioner to the Courts of Spain and Prussia, During the Revolutionary War. With His Political and Literary Correspondence and His Papers on Diplomatic and Political Subjects, and the Affairs of the United States During the Same Period, Volume 2
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Page 395 - Lo, the poor Indian ! whose untutor'd mind Sees God in clouds, or hears him in the wind ; His soul, proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk, or milky way; Yet simple nature to his hope has given, Behind the cloud-topp'd hill, an humbler heaven ; Some safer world, in depth of woods embraced, Some happier island in the watery waste, Where slaves once more their native land beholJ, No fiends torment, no Christians thirst for gold: To be, contents his natural desire, He asks no angel's...
Page 395 - Some happier island in the watery waste, Where slaves once more their native land behold, No fiends torment, no Christians thirst for gold. To Be, contents his natural desire, He asks no Angel's wing, no Seraph's fire; But thinks, admitted to that equal sky, His faithful dog shall bear him company.
Page 382 - Surfeit's dominion o'er you. But so great Your impudence, you blush at what is right. Happy! did sorrow seize on such alone. Not prudence can defend, or virtue save ; Disease invades the chastest temperance, And punishment the guiltless; and alarm, Through thickest shades, pursues the fond of peace, Man's caution often into danger turns, And, his guard falling, crushes him to death.
Page 266 - America must and will be free. The contest may be severe ; the end will be glorious. We would not boast, but we think, united and prepared as we are, we have no reason to doubt of success, if we should be compelled to the last appeal ; but we mean not to make that appeal until we can be justified in doing it in the sight of God and man.
Page 40 - I have made, both north and south, in the public service, have given me an opportunity of knowing the general disposition of Europe upon our question. There never was one in which the harmony of opinion was so universal; from the prince to the peasant there is but one voice, one wish — the liberty of America, and the humiliation of Great Britain.
Page 320 - POINT, 3d Sept., 1779. DEAR SIR, — I am just now favored with your letter of to-day, with its enclosures, which I return. I do. not see that any further measures can be taken, on your part, to apprehend those prisoners who have escaped, or to...
Page 219 - It requires but a small portion of the gift of discernment for any one to foresee that Providence will erect a mighty empire in America.
Page 260 - It cannot be expected, that two should go to one, when it is as easy again for one to go to two ; not to mention Dr. Franklin's age, his rank in the country, or his character in the world ; nor that nine-tenths of the public letters are constantly brought to this house, and will ever be carried where Dr. Franklin is.