The Percy Anecdotes, Revised Edition: To which is Added, a Valuable Collection of American Anecdotes. Original and Select ...

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Harper & Bros., 1852 - Anecdotes

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Page 48 - It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace ! peace ! but there is no peace. The war is actually begun. The next gale that sweeps from the north, will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms ; our brethren »re already in the field ! why stand we here idle
Page 48 - already in the field ! why stand we here idle 1 What is it that gentlemen wish ? What would they have ! Is life so dear, and peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chain* and slavery
Page 23 - to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me when I sleep, And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd." FREDERIC THE GREAT. Previous to the battle of Lutzen, in which eighty thousand Austrian» were defeated by an army of thirtysix thousand Prussians, commanded by Frederic the Great, this monarch ordered all his
Page 376 - of this grave scene," he says, " was fully contrasted by the burlesque Duke of Newcastle. He fell into a fit of crying the moment he came into the chapel, and flung himself back in a stall, the archbishop hovering over him with a smelling bottle; but in two minutes his curiosity got the
Page 18 - whose parliamentary trust he has abused. " I impeach him in the name of the Commons of Great Britain, whose national character he has dishonored. " I impeach him in the name of the people of India, whose laws, rights, and liberties he has subverted ; whose
Page 164 - in armor. In the evening I sat down, and began to write, without knowing in the least what 1 intended to say or relate. The work grew on my hands, and I grew fond of it ; so that I was very glad to think of anything rather than

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