The Life of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette ...: From Numerous and Authentic Sources

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Andrus, Woodruff, & Gauntlett, 1843 - 375 pagine
 

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Pagina 71 - I find myself just able to hold the pen during a few minutes, and take this opportunity of expressing my sincere grief for having done, written, or said any thing disagreeable to your Excellency. My career will soon be over ; therefore justice and truth prompt me to declare my last sentiments. You are in my eyes the great and good man. May you long enjoy the love, veneration, and esteem of these States, whose liberties you have asserted by your virtues.
Pagina 260 - Thy purpose firm, is equal to the deed : Who does the best his circumstance allows, Does well, acts nobly ; angels could no more.
Pagina 274 - ... these circumstances, do not form an assemblage of sufferings, which recommend him to the mediation of humanity? Allow me, Sir, on this occasion to be its organ ; and to entreat, that he may be permitted to come to this country, on such conditions and under such restrictions, as your Majesty may think it expedient to prescribe. As it is a maxim with me not to ask what, under similar circumstances, I would not grant, your Majesty will do me the justice to believe, that this request appears to me...
Pagina 74 - Woodford's, and continue throughout the front line ; it will then be taken up on the left of the second line, and continue to the right. Upon a signal given, the whole army will huzza, Long live the King of France ; the artillery then begins again and fires thirteen rounds ; this will be succeeded by a second general discharge of the musketry, in a running fire, and huzza, Long live the friendly European powers.
Pagina 131 - This is a decisive moment, one of the most, I will go further and say, the most important America has seen. The court of France has made a glorious effort for our deliverance, and if we disappoint its intentions by our supineness, we must become contemptible in the eyes of all mankind; nor can we, after that, venture to confide that our allies will persist in an atiempt to establish what it will appear we want inclination or ability to assist them in.
Pagina 55 - The unfortunate soldiers were in want of everything ; they had neither coats, hats, shirts nor shoes ; their feet and legs froze till they became black, and it was often necessary to amputate them.
Pagina 311 - ... to you, and to your illustrious associates in the field and in the cabinet, for the multiplied blessings which surround us, and for the very privilege of addressing you, which I now exercise.
Pagina 60 - My desire of deserving your satisfaction is stronger than ever, and everywhere you will employ me you can be certain of my trying every exertion in my power to succeed. I am now fixed to your fate, and I shall follow it and sustain it as well by my sword as by all means in my power.
Pagina 192 - That the secretary for foreign affairs further acquaint the minister plenipotentiary at the court of Versailles, that he will conform to the intention of congress by consulting with, and employing the assistance of, the marquis de Lafayette, in accelerating the supplies which may be afforded by his most Christian majesty, for the use of the United States...
Pagina 73 - ... a lasting foundation, it becomes us to set apart a day for gratefully acknowledging the divine goodness, and celebrating the important event, which we owe to his divine interposition.

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