Letters from London, 1856-60, ed. by his daughter Julia, Volume 1

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Page 213 - An act more effectually to provide for the national defence, by establishing an uniform militia throughout the United States " which act is in the words following vizt.
Page 285 - Coffee and tea, when imported direct from the place of their growth or production in American vessels, or in foreign vessels entitled by reciprocal treaties to be exempt from discriminating duties, tonnage, and other charges.
Page 305 - To press forward to a great principle by breaking through every other great principle that stands in the way of its establishment; to force the way to the liberation of Africa by trampling on the independence of other States in Europe; in short, to procure an eminent good by means that are unlawful; is as little consonant to private morality as to public justice.
Page 112 - I4th, by the Defence Committee, to which Harry and Marshall are coming, and I have no doubt that I shall be able to send you our complete agreement. I may say that I thought the proposals made for an interim operation in certain contingencies this year met the difficulties and uncertainties in an absolutely sound manner. If, as our experts believe, we can carry this whole plan through successfully it will be one of...
Page 318 - ... while I was at St. Petersburg, and I pressed it upon Mr. Webster when Secretary of State. It is the great practical advantage enjoyed by the diplomats of Russia. It produces a harmony of action and inculcation that, in a long run, tells conclusively. Mr. Webster's difficulty was in the great labor which it must throw upon somebody in the department, already overtaxed. How that may be, I can't pretend to say : — but if there be any use at all in having missions dotted over Europe, they might...
Page 58 - My best regards wait on you and yours. If the Times and the Post are reliable organs, I shall probably quit England soon, never to return; an undiscriminating retaliation amounts to an original insult, and will require many years to be forgotten. It will not surprise me if I should turn out to be the last minister from the United States to the British Court, and that will certainly be fame if it be not honor.
Page 174 - Navy must be docked ; and we must be content with whatever terms the adversary in this national duel may prescribe for a peace, if indeed a peace would ever be desirable or attainable. You see, I have my misgivings on your great measure of change in the rights of nations at war. If our Navy approached anywhere near to the power of the one displayed off Portsmouth last spring, I should be quite willing to let it take its chance in defending our coast : but as it now is, and as I am afraid, by an unwise...
Page 174 - They will gain everything, first, for the security of their commerce, and, second, in the concentrative efficacy of their prodigious naval armament. War will not endanger their merchant ships or their manufactures, and thus, relieved from all care about these vital interests, they may send their fleets to bully and thunder where they please. Opposite results may be drawn from >n) American view.
Page 174 - I have my misgivings on your great measure of change in the rights of nations at war. If our navy approached anywhere near to the power of the one displayed off Portsmouth last spring, I should be quite willing to let it take its chance in defending our coast : — but as it now is, and as I am afraid, by an unwise economy, it may be long kept, it is impossible to say at how many points of landing along our coast, a war would rapidly become one of invasion.
Page 71 - Point, and has the assimilated rank of major in the Army. He wore his official costume, a blue dress coat, with buttons of the Engineer Corps, blue pantaloons, white vest, black stock, and the common hat. It was objected, in a manner exceedingly kind and courteous, that he wore a black cravat, bad no chapeau, and no sword, and could not thus pass the Queen.

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