The Writings of George Washington, Volume 12

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G.P. Putnam' Sons, 1891 - Presidents

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Page 451 - That whenever the laws of the United States shall be opposed, or the execution thereof obstructed, in any state, by combinations too powerful to be suppressed by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, or by the powers vested in the marshals...
Page 286 - ... that whosoever of the citizens of the United States shall render himself liable to punishment or forfeiture under the law of nations, by committing, aiding, or abetting hostilities against any of the said powers, or by carrying to any of them those articles which are deemed contraband by the modern usage of nations, will not receive the protection of the United States against such punishment or forfeiture...
Page 418 - But should any nation, contrary to our wishes, suppose it may better find its advantage by continuing its system of prohibitions, duties and regulations, it behooves us to protect our citizens, their commerce and navigation, by counter prohibitions, duties and regulations, also. Free commerce and navigation are not to be given in exchange for restrictions and vexations ; nor are they likely to produce a relaxation of them.
Page 319 - The original arming and equipping of vessels in the ports of the United States, by any of the belligerent parties, for military service, offensive or defensive, is deemed unlawful.
Page 505 - Were it not then, that I am principled agt. selling negroes, as you would do cattle at a market, I would not, in twelve months from this date, be possessed of one as a slave. — I shall be happily mistaken, if they are not found to be a very troublesome species of property ere many years pass over our heads...
Page 472 - In testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the United States of America to be affixed to these presents, and signed the same with my hand.
Page 406 - I can not suffer you to leave your station without assuring you that the opinion which I had formed of your integrity and talents, and which dictated your original nomination, has been confirmed by the fullest experience, and that both have been eminently displayed in the discharge of your duty.
Page 214 - Provision is likewise requisite for the reimbursement of the loan which has been made of the Bank of the United States, pursuant to the eleventh section of the act by which it is incorporated. In fulfilling the public stipulations in this particular it is expected a valuable saving will be made. Appropriations for the current service of the ensuing year and for such extraordinaries as may require provision will demand, and I doubt not will engage, your early attention.
Page 179 - I believe it will be difficult, if not impracticable, to manage the reins of government, or to keep the parts of it together; for if instead of laying our shoulders to the machine after measures are decided on, one pulls this way and another that, before the utility of the thing is fairly tried, it must inevitably be torn asunder ; and in my opinion the fairest prospect of happiness and prosperity that ever was presented to man, will be lost, perhaps, forever.
Page 450 - Pennsylvania, who previous thereto had been fired upon while in the execution of his duty by a party of armed men , detaining him for some time prisoner, till for the preservation of his life and the obtaining of his liberty he found it necessary to enter into stipulations to forbear the execution of certain official duties touching processes issuing out of a court of the United States; and having finally obliged the said inspector of the...

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