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الصفحة 265 - It is, sir, the people's constitution, the people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.
الصفحة 303 - THIS uncounted multitude before me and around me proves the feeling which the occasion has excited. These thousands of human faces, glowing with sympathy and joy, and from the impulses of a common gratitude turned reverently to heaven in this spacious temple of the firmament, proclaim that the day, the place, and the purpose of our assembling have made a deep impression on our hearts.
الصفحة 188 - Did not even-handed justice ere long commend the poisoned chalice to their own lips ? Did they not soon find that for another they had " filed their mind " ? that their ambition, though apparently for the moment successful, had but put a barren sceptre in their grasp ? Ay, Sir, " a barren sceptre in their gripe, Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand. No son of theirs succeeding.
الصفحة 287 - Sir, the very chief end, the main design, for which the whole constitution was framed and adopted, was to establish a government that should not be obliged to act through state agency, or depend on state opinion and state discretion.
الصفحة 314 - When in your youthful days, you put every thing at hazard in your country's cause, good as that cause was, and sanguine as youth is, still your fondest hopes did not stretch onward to an hour like this ! At a period, to which you could not reasonably have expected to arrive; at a moment of national prosperity, such as you could never have foreseen ; you are now met, here, to enjoy the fellowship of old soldiers, and to receive the overflowings of an universal gratitude.
الصفحة 185 - ... mistaken, and that he is dealing with one of whose temper and character he has yet much to learn. Sir, I shall not allow myself, on this occasion, I hope on no occasion, to be betrayed into any loss of temper; but if provoked, as I trust I never shall...
الصفحة 301 - When my eyes shall be turned to behold, for the last time, the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union, on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent, on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood!
الصفحة 298 - ... people have any power to do anything for themselves; they imagine there is no safety for them any longer than they are under the close guardianship of the state legislatures. Sir, the people have not trusted their safety, in regard to the general constitution, to these hands they have required other security, and taken other bonds.
الصفحة 79 - Without pretensions to that high confidence you reposed in our first and greatest revolutionary character, whose pre-eminent services had entitled him to the first place in his country's love, and destined for him the fairest page in the volume of faithful history, I ask so much confidence only as may give firmness and effect to the legal administration of your affairs. I shall often go wrong through defect of judgment. When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not...
الصفحة 182 - I am not one of those, sir, who esteem any tribute of regard, whether light and occasional, or more serious and deliberate, which may be bestowed on others, as so much unjustly withholden from themselves. But the tone and manner of the gentleman's question forbid me thus to interpret it.