Porcupine's works: containing various writings and selections, exhibiting a faithful picture of the United States of America; of their governments, laws, politics, and resources; of the characters of their presidents, governors, legislators, magistrates, and military men; and of the customs, manners, morals, religion, virtues and vices of the people: comprising also a complete series of historical documents and remarks, from the end of the war, in 1783, to the election of the President, in March, 1801

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Printed for Cobbett and Morgan, 1801
 

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Seite 392 - labour to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity—Let it simply be asked where is the security
Seite 394 - mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that in the course of time and things the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be,
Seite 391 - it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest instead of warming, it should consume. " It is important likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country, should inspire camion, in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the
Seite 394 - recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices? " In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nation?, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that in place of them just and amicable feelings
Seite 392 - it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained withput
Seite 394 - and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that in place of them just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is
Seite 395 - without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption or infatuation. " As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming
Seite 385 - then every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security, from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations;—and what is of
Seite 384 - country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you in your natural capacity must always exalt the pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political
Seite 384 - capacity must always exalt the pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles.—You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together ; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint