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Page 4 - Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote, relation.
Page 5 - The inducements of interest for observing that conduct will best be referred to your own reflections and experience. With me, a predominant motive has been to endeavour to gain time to our country to settle and mature its yet recent institutions, and to progress without interruption to that degree of strength and consistency, which is necessary to give it, humanly speaking, the command of its own fortunes.
Page 5 - It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world...
Page 2 - Sir, your papers are forged ; there is no such port as Pittsburg in the world : your vessel must be confiscated.' The trembling captain laid before the officer the map of the United States, directed him to the Gulf of Mexico, pointed out the mouth of the Mississippi, led him a thousand miles up it to the mouth of the Ohio, and thence another thousand up it to Pittsburg : ' There, sir, is the port from whence my vessel cleared out' The astonished officer, before he had seen the map, would as readily...
Page 35 - That we should consider any attempt on the part of European powers to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety...
Page 113 - ... the American people have such a high degree of self esteem to the absence of a real populace. But where does the American obtain this knowledge of politics, the power to partake in the great events of the state? The main source is the press. This Sealsfield expresses in the following words: ""Of the most important bulwark of a nation's liberty, the freedom of the press, no people make a more extensive use than the Americans," and farther on : "The 28 Morton, pt.
Page 21 - ... obnoxious to the freedom of a nation. His style, a mixture of the elegant and the diplomatic, is admired, because it is new to the United States. It cannot be denied, that it is the most fit to disguise his political opinions and his deep-laid schemes. This motive and his predilection for everything coming from the eastern courts, may sufficiently account for his adoption of and fondness for it. If taken upon the whole, he may be considered a most dangerous man to the freedom of the Union, and...
Page 17 - At a late day of the present session an appeal was made by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, in his official character, requesting an investigation of some charges that had been made against him by a member of Congress from the State of Pennsylvania, which appeared in the character of a letter in one of the public journals of that State. A motion was submitted to appoint a special committee for the investigation of the subject, which, after consuming two days in discussion, was adopted....
Page 90 - Tories, whereas the Congress of the United States, is an assembly of brokers, s'ent by their respective States not to promote the welfare of the Union, but of their own mean and sordid interests. One is expected to bring the turnpike through his county, another a canal, a third is to procure a lighthouse, a fourth an academy, or a deaf and dumb asylum. These are the important affairs committed to the representatives : if they succeed, messenger-like, in the execution of their errands, they are called...
Page 40 - ... and until positive information has been received of the ulterior views of Spain, in regard to her American possessions, of her decision upon the proposition of the United States, and of the opinions of her allies in relation to the same subject, Russia cannot give a definitive answer.