The Virginia Historical Reporter Volume 1-2

The Virginia Historical Reporter Volume 1-2

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...strong contrast in one sense with the true state of the case, that the Chesterfield district had sent the lamest delegation to the body. The ball in committee was barely in motion, when Mr. Leigh took the lead among the eastern members, and gallantly did he keep it until the final adjournment. Some of the finest specimens of his eloquence might have been selected from his unpremeditated outbursts around that council board; but I regret to add, that, unless in the slight memoranda made at the time by the person addressing the chair, they are lost forever. He ran over the gamut of parliamentary debate-; and argument, wit, sarcasm, pathos, were perpetually at his service. He never missed his mark; and once when he assailed with irresistible humor a position of Johnson's, that gentleman sharply observed that he had appealed to the wisdom, not the wit of the committee. There was one occasion in committee, when the various qualities of Mr. Leigh's eloquence were exhibited with great brilliancy and effect. Judge Green had offered a proposition in favor of the mixed basis, and Leigh had sustained it with an animated speech, which was replied to by Mercer and Johnson. To these Judge Green replied but in a tone so low as not to be distinctly heard. Mr. Cooke also opposed the proposition in a very able speech in which he detailed for the first time his elaborate abstractions on the subjectof government. The array was very formidable to any speaker, but never did Mr. Leigh acquit himself with greater eclat. He began by saying that the gentleman from Loudoun (Mercer) had misapprehended or misrepresented him. He did not say that representation was apportioned to taxation under the articles of confederation. He said that when the question arose in framing those...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
  • 1236639286
  • 9781236639288