Fac Similes of Letters from His Excellency George Washington, President of the United States of America, to Sir John Sinclair, Bart., M.P. on Agriculture and Other Interesting Topics: Engraved from the Original Letters, So as to be an Exact Facsimile of the Handwriting

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Franklin Knight, 1844 - Agriculture - 72 pages

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Page 63 - His life was gentle, and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, 'This was a man!
Page 14 - ... charged with collecting and diffusing information, and enabled by premiums and small pecuniary aid, to encourage and assist a spirit of discovery and improvement. This species of establishment contributes doubly to the increase of improvement, by stimulating to enterprise and experiment, and by drawing to a common center, the results everywhere of individual skill and observation, and spreading them thence over the whole Nation.
Page 14 - It will not be doubted, that, with reference either to individual or national welfare, Agriculture is of primary importance. In proportion as nations advance in population and other circumstances of maturity, this truth becomes more apparent, and renders the cultivation of the soil more and more an object of public patronage.
Page 71 - During the short period of his illness, he economized his time, in the arrangement of such few concerns as required his attention, with the utmost serenity ; and anticipated his approaching dissolution with every demonstration of that equanimity for which his whole life has been so uniformly and singularly conspicuous.
Page 67 - ... to admire, and virtuous to imitate. A conqueror, for the freedom of his country ! a legislator, for its security ! a magistrate, for its happiness ! His glories were never sullied by those excesses into which the highest qualities are apt to degenerate. With the greatest virtues, he was exempt from the corresponding vices. He was a man in whom the elements were so mixed, that ' Nature might have stood up to all the world
Page 67 - As his elevation to the chief power was the unbiassed choice of his countrymen, his exercise of it was agreeable to the purity of its origin. As he had neither solicited nor usurped dominion, he had neither to contend with the opposition of rivals, nor the revenge of enemies. As his authority was undisputed, so it required no jealous precautions, no rigorous severity. His government was mild and gentle; it was beneficent and liberal; it was wise and just. His prudent administration consolidated and...
Page 70 - ... injection was administered, which operated on the lower intestines — but all without any perceptible advantage, the respiration becoming still more difficult and distressing. Upon the arrival of the first of the consulting physicians, it was agreed, as there were yet no signs of accumulation in the bronchial vessels of the lungs, to try the result of another bleeding, when about thirty-two ounces of blood were drawn, without the smallest apparent alleviation of the disease.
Page 64 - Stewart, the eminent portrait painter, used to say there were features in his face totally different from what he had ever observed in that of any other human being ; the sockets for the eyes, for instance, were larger than what he ever met with before, and the upper part of the nose broader. All his features, he observed, were indicative of the strongest passions ; yet, like Socrates, his judgment and great self-command have always made him appear a man of a different cast in the eyes of the world.
Page 69 - The disease commenced with a violent ague, accompanied with some pain in the upper and fore part of the throat, a sense of stricture in the same part, a cough, and a difficult rather than a painful deglutition, which were soon succeeded by fever, and a quick and laborious respiration.
Page 13 - Gazette of the United States. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10. At Philadelphia: "A few months more, say the 3d of March next (1797), and the scenes of my political life will close, and leave me in the shades of retirement; when if a few years are allowed me to enjoy it (many I cannot expect, being upon the verge of sixty-five), and health is continued to me, I shall peruse with pleasure and edification, the fruits of...

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