Washington in Germantown: Being an Account of the Various Visits of the Commander-in-chief and First President to Germantown, Pennsylvania

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Page 226 - The several subjects to which I have now referred open a wide range to your deliberations and involve some of the choicest interests of our common country. Permit me to bring to your remembrance the magnitude of your task. Without an unprejudiced coolness the welfare of the Government may be hazarded ; without harmony as far as consists with freedom of sentiment its dignity may be lost. But as the legislative proceedings of the United States will never, I trust, be reproached for the want of temper...
Page 219 - ... ever have torn me. But, influenced by the belief that my conduct would be estimated according to its real motives, and that the people, and the authorities derived from them, would support exertions having nothing personal for their object...
Page 221 - In like manner, as several of the courts have doubted, under particular circumstances, their power to liberate vessels of a nation at peace, and even of a citizen of the United States, although seized under a false color of being hostile property ; and have denied their power to liberate certain captures within the protection of our territory; it would seem proper to regulate their jurisdiction in these points.
Page 226 - The productiveness of the public revenues hitherto has continued to equal the anticipations which were formed of it ; but it is not expected to prove commensurate with all the objects, which have been suggested.
Page 222 - If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it ; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.
Page 298 - I am under promise to Mrs. Bingham, to sit for you to-morrow at nine o'clock, and wishing to know if it be convenient to you that I should do so, and whether it shall be at your own house (as she talked of the State-House), I send this note to you to ask information.
Page 71 - I have carefully considered the question, whether the President may call Congress to any other place than that to which they have adjourned themselves, and think he cannot have such a right, unless it has been given him by the constitution or the laws, and that neither of these has given it. The only circumstance, which he can alter as to their meeting, is that of time, by calling them at an earlier day than that to which they stand adjourned, but no power to change the place is given. Mr. Madison...
Page 224 - States,' has organized them so as to produce their full effect ; whether your own experience in the several states has not detected some imperfections in the scheme; and whether a material feature in an improvement of it ought not to be to afford an opportunity for the study of those branches of the military art which can scarcely ever be attained by practice alone.

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