Exercises in Commemoration of the Birthday of Washington, February 22, 1897

Exercises in Commemoration of the Birthday of Washington, February 22, 1897

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... began to impress the idea upon the minds of his countrymen, by calling attention in his conversation, public addresses'and correspondence, to the necessity for consolidation. To Hamilton, he wrote, "It is clearly my opinion, unless Congress have powers competent to all general purposes, that the distresses we have encountered, the expenses we have incurred, and the blood we have spilt, will avail us nothing." His circular letter to the governors of the states, written at the close of the war, lays down the two following propositions, "as essential to the existence of the United States as an independent power: " "First, an indissoluble union of the states under one federal head," and, "the prevalence of that pacific and friendly disposition among the people of the United States which will induce them to forget their local prejudices and policies; to make those mutual concessions which are requisite to the general prosperity; and in some instances to sacrifice their individual advantages to the interests of the community." In his last address to the army, he presents the opinion, "that unless the principles of the federal government were properly supported, and the powers of the Union increased, the honor, dignity and justice of the nation would be lost forever." Finding public opinion disinclined to favor his views, he compared the people in their false security and selfish disregard of the national welfare, to a young heir who wasted his inheritance in wanton riot, and he sought methods of promoting combination, more suited to the careless inertness and self-centered provincialism of the time. He appealed to the commercial spirit of the age, by the establishment of the "Potomac and James...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123658516X
  • 9781236585165