A Discourse on the Lives and Characters of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams: Who Both Died on the Fourth of July, 1826, Volume 1

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Gales & Seaton., 1826 - 69 pages
Speech delivered by Wirt as Attorney General to the House of Representatives on 19 October 1826. Printed by Gales & Seaton. Inscribed in pencil by Wirt to Mr. James. Written shortly after the death of Jefferson and Adams.
 

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Page 31 - Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided ; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
Page 15 - I was eyes to the blind, And feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor : And the cause which I knew not I searched oat. And I brake the jaws of the wicked, And plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
Page 32 - For it was not an enemy that reproached me ; Then I could have borne it : Neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me ; Then I would have hid myself from him : But it was thou, a man mine equal, My guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, And walked unto the house of God in company.
Page 14 - But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God : and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Page 69 - That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested or burthened, in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge or affect their civil capacities.
Page 34 - To what purpose are powers limited and to what purpose is that limitation committed to writing, if these limits may at any time be passed by those intended to be restrained ? The distinction between a government with limited and unlimited powers is abolished if those limits do not confine the persons on whom they are imposed and if acts prohibited and acts allowed are of equal obligation.
Page 37 - Prevent the long-aimed blow, And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain, These constitute a State ; And sovereign law, that State's collected will, O'er thrones and globes elate Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.

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