History of New York City: From the Discovery to the Present Day

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E. Cleave, 1868 - 252 pages

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Page 180 - In song and dance about the sacred Hill — Mystical dance, which yonder starry sphere Of planets and of fixed in all her wheels Resembles nearest; mazes intricate, Eccentric, intervolved, yet regular Then most when most irregular they seem; And in their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones that God's own ear Listens delighted.
Page 168 - May I nevertheless be indulged to inquire, if we look over the catalogue of the first magistrates of nations, whether they have been denominated presidents or consuls, kings or princes, where shall we find one, whose commanding talents and virtues, whose overruling good fortune, have so completely united all hearts and voices in his favor...
Page 141 - Confiding in you, sir, and in the worthy generals immediately under your command, we have the most, flattering hopes of success in the glorious struggle for American liberty, and the fullest assurances that whenever this important contest shall be decided by that fondest wish of each American soul, an accommodation icith our mother country, you will cheerfully resign the important deposit committed into your hands, and reassume the character of our worthiest citizen.
Page 113 - I admit that special writs of assistance, to search special places, may be granted to certain persons on oath ; but I deny that the writ now prayed for can be granted, for I beg leave to make some observations on the writ itself, before I proceed to other acts of Parliament. In the first place, the writ is universal, being directed "to all and singular Justices, Sheriffs, Constables, and all other officers and subjects;" so, that, in short, it is directed to every subject in the King's dominions.
Page 113 - It appears to me the worst instrument of arbitrary power, the most destructive of English liberty and the fundamental principles of law, that ever was found in an English law book.
Page 107 - I'll order here all the troops in North America under my command, and billet them myself upon the city.
Page 168 - John Adams, 34 ; John Jay, 9 ; RH Harrison, 6 ; John Rutledge, 6; John Hancock, 4 ; George Clinton, 3; Samuel Huntingdon, 2; John Milton, 2 ; James Armstrong, Benjamin Lincoln, and Edward Telfair, 1 each.
Page 63 - The first thing that occurred was the reading of all their prayers and ceremonies out of the prayer book, as is done in all Episcopal churches. A young man then went into the pulpit and commenced preaching, who thought he was performing wonders; but he had a little book in his hand out of which he read his sermon which was about a quarter of an hour or half an hour long.1 With this the services were concluded, at which we could not be sufficiently astonished.
Page 113 - I will to my dying day oppose with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand, and villainy on the other, as this writ of assistance is.
Page 145 - The rebels carried off all the bells in the city, partly to convert them into cannon, partly to prevent notice being given speedily of the destruction they meditated against the city by fire, when it began.

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