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Thursday February 11th 2016

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Magna Charta, Epilogue

Magna Charta, Epilogue

Background of the American Revolution The barons force King John to sign the Magna Charta, June 15, 1215. Troubles await. The ravenous and barbarous mercenaries, incited by a cruel and enraged prince, were let loose against the estates, tenants, manors, houses, parks of the barons, and spread devastation over the face of the [...]

Stand By the Flag

Stand By the Flag

Stand By The Flag. ————— I. STAND by the Flag!—its stars, like meteors gleaming, Have lighted Arctic icebergs, Southern seas, And shone responsive to the stormy beaming Of old Arcturus and the Pleiades. II. Stand by the Flag!—its stripes have streamed in glory, To foes a fear, to friends a festal robe, And spread, in rhythmic [...]

Judge No Man

Judge No Man

Considerations by the Way An Fourteenth Century philosopher comments on good and evil. We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the Union on these important letters, by interposing any comments of our own.—Four Letters on the Important Subject of Government, 1802. HERE BEGINNETH THE NINE AND [...]

At Port Royal

At Port Royal

At Port Royal. ————— THE tent-lights glimmer on the land, The ship-lights on the sea; The night-wind smooths with drifting sand Our track on lone Tybee. At last our grating keels outslide, Our good boats forward swing; And while we ride the land-locked tide, Our negroes row and sing. For dear the bondman holds his gifts Of music and [...]

Grant’s Tomb—Dedicated April 27, 1897

Grant’s Tomb—Dedicated April 27, 1897

Grant’s Tomb—Dedicated April 27, 1897. Schofield, on Grant. ————— THE subject of this volume being limited to events of which I have had personal knowledge, and it never having been my good fortune to serve in the field with General Grant, it would be inappropriate to make herein any general comments upon his military operations. [...]

Thomas à Kempis: On Religious Exercises

Thomas à Kempis: On Religious Exercises

Considerations by the Way A medieval philosopher illustrates a fundamental principle. For man proposes, but God disposes; for man’s way is not in himself. CHAPTER XIX.—On Religious Exercises. ————— THE life of a good religious person ought to be enriched with all virtues, so that his inner life might accord with his [...]

American Life: Military Laboratory, Arms and Supplies

American Life: Military Laboratory, Arms and Supplies

American Life Military Laboratory, of Philadelphia, lists military arms and supplies available to the public in the new republic. Clayton Cramer notes that all these arms and supplies were protected by the just written Second Amendment. The above articles are prepared by a person who followed the business, and had full experience during the [...]

The Battle of Lexington

The Battle of Lexington

The American Revolution Isiah Thomas, for the Massachusetts Spy, publishes an account of the Battle of Lexington. We have pleasure to say, that notwithstanding the highest provocations given by the enemy, not one influence of cruelty, that we have heard of, was committed by our Militia; but, listening to the merciful dictates of the [...]

Encounter Between Generals Nelson and Davis

Encounter Between Generals Nelson and Davis

Weekly Story A dispute between General Jefferson C. Davis and his superior, General William “Bull” Nelson, ends badly. General Nelson—roughly and angrily—“About twenty-five hundred! About twenty-five hundred! By G—d! you a regular officer, and come here to me and report about the number of men in your command. G—d d—n [...]

Jefferson—Isaac Hall Tiffany (April 4, 1819)

Jefferson—Isaac Hall Tiffany (April 4, 1819)

American Correspondence In 1819 Thomas Jefferson replies to Isaac Hall Tiffany—a student of Aaron Burr—residing at Schoharie Bridge. Of Liberty, then, I would say, that in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will; but rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within the [...]

Robert E. Lee—Mary Custis Lee (1856)

Robert E. Lee—Mary Custis Lee (1856)

Correspondence Robert E. Lee writes to his wife from his post on the frontier. In this enlightened age there are few, I believe, but will acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil in any country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it, however, a greater evil to the white than to the [...]

A Political Reverie

A Political Reverie

A Political Reverie. ————— As fairy forms, the elfin airy train, And sylphs, sometimes molest the learned brain, Delusive dreams the matron’s bosom swell, And, ancient maids, the fancied vision, tell; So beaux and belles see routs and balls in dreams, And drowsy preachers chop polemic themes; The statesman’s dream, in [...]

Mercy Otis Warren—John Adams (1775)

Mercy Otis Warren—John Adams (1775)

American Correspondence Shortly after the start of the Second Continental Congress, Mercy Otis Warren writes to John Adams. I am more and more convinced, of the propensity in human nature to tyranize over their fellow men: and were it not for the few—the very few, disinterested and good men, who dare venture to stem the tide of [...]

Of the High and Mighty

Of the High and Mighty

Considerations by the Way An ancient philosopher illustrates a fundamental principle. We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the Union on these important letters, by interposing any comments of our own.—Four Letters on the Important Subject of Government, 1802. The Pharisee and [...]

The San Francisco Riots

The San Francisco Riots

Weekly Story In 1877, at labor meeting in San Francisco, workers decide to join in the national rioting. A Citizens’ Executive Committee was organized, under the presidency of W. T. Coleman, and this body called upon the people generally to volunteer for the defence of the city against the mob, promising arms to all who would [...]

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part V

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part V

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia, Rep. Herman L. Humphrey (R., Wisconson) for funding the Army. To determine the question whether a standing army such as any we are likely to have in this [...]

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part IV

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part IV

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia, Rep. Herman L. Humphrey (R., Wisconson) for funding the Army. I offer the following amendment: Provided, That from and after the passage of this act it shall not be [...]

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part III

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part III

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia, Rep. Herman L. Humphrey (R., Wisconson) for funding the Army. In some of the States where these disorders occurred, as in West Virginia, where no police [...]

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part II

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part II

American Debate   Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia, Rep. Herman L. Humphrey (R., Wisconson) for funding the Army. The dread of a standing army so distinctly and constantly apparent throughout the [...]

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part I

Debate: Army Appropriations Bill (1878)—Part I

American Debate Following the nation-wide riots in 1877, Congress debates appropriating money for the Army. Rep. William Kimmel (D., Maryland) argues for funding the militia, Rep. Herman L. Humphrey (R., Wisconson) for funding the Army. Let us see by the broad light of history how fatal standing armies have been to liberty, and profiting [...]

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