Letters of Mrs. Adams: The Wife of John Adams, Volume 2

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C.C. Little and J. Brown, 1840

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Letters Of Mrs. Adams, The Wife Of John Adams; With An Introductory Memoir By Her Grandson, Charles Francis Adams; Charles C. Little and James Brown; Second Edition; Volume II

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Page 235 - Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people ? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
Page 271 - Yet not to earth's contracted span Thy goodness let me bound, Or think Thee Lord alone of man, When thousand worlds are round...
Page 194 - His gardens next your admiration call; On every side you look, behold the wall! No pleasing intricacies intervene, No artful wildness to perplex the scene ; Grove nods at grove, each alley has a brother, And half the platform just reflects the other.
Page 240 - ... upon a grand and superb scale, requiring about thirty servants to attend and keep the apartments in proper order, and perform the ordinary business of the house and stables; an establishment very well proportioned to the President's salary.
Page 235 - My feelings are not those of pride or ostentation, upon the occasion. They are solemnized by a sense of the obligations, the important trusts, and numerous duties connected with it. That you may be enabled to discharge them with honor to yourself, with justice and impartiality to your country, and with satisfaction to this great people, shall be the daily prayer of your AA
Page 265 - He that has none must make them, or be wretched. Cares are employments, and without employ The soul is on a rack, the rack of rest, To souls most adverse, action all their joy.
Page 196 - Bavarians, Near the Village of Blenheim, On the Banks of the Danube, By JOHN DUKE OF...
Page 227 - Nothing, says Seneca, is so melancholy a circumstance in human life, or so soon reconciles us to the thought of our own death, as the reflection and prospect of one friend after another dropping round us. Who would stand alone, the sole remaining ruin, the last tottering column of all the fabric of friendship once so large, seemingly so strong, and yet so suddenly sunk and buried ? I am, &c.
Page 120 - Needful auxiliars are our friends, to give To social man true relish of himself. Full on ourselves descending in a line, Pleasure's bright beam is feeble in delight : Delight intense is taken by rebound; Reverberated pleasures fire the breast.
Page 271 - And is not virtue in mankind The nutriment that feeds the mind; Upheld by each good action past, And still continued by the last? Then, who with reason can pretend That all effects of virtue end? Believe me, Stella, when you show That true contempt for things below. Nor prize your life for other ends Than merely to oblige your friends ; Your former actions claim their part, And join to fortify your heart.

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