The Poems of Philip Freneau: Poet of the American Revolution, Volume 1

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University Library, 1902 - 1131 pages

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Page 136 - There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: the way of an eagle in the air ; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea ; and the way of a man with a maid.
Page lix - No government > ought to be without censors ; and where the press is free, no one ever will.
Page lviii - But as to any other direction or indication of my wish how his press should be conducted, what sort of intelligence he should give, what essays encourage, I can protest, in the presence of heaven, that I never did by myself, or any other, directly or indirectly, say a syllable, nor attempt any kind of influence.
Page lx - ... the President, not sensible of the designs of the party, has not with his usual good sense and sang froid, looked on the efforts and effects of this free press, and seen that, though some bad things have passed through it to the public, yet the good have preponderated immensely.
Page li - I enclose you Bache's as well as Fenno's papers. You will have perceived that the latter is a paper of pure Toryism, disseminating the doctrines of Monarchy, aristocracy, & the exclusion of the people. We have been trying to get another weekly or half weekly set up, excluding advertisements, so that it might go through the states & furnish a whig vehicle of intelligence.
Page 35 - Ah! what is all this mighty whole, These suns and stars that round us roll! What are they all, where'er they shine, But Fancies of the Power Divine! What is this globe, these lands, and seas, And heat, and cold, and flowers, and trees, And life, and death, and beast, and man, And time — that with the sun began — But thoughts on reason's scale combined, Ideas of the Almighty mind!
Page 186 - Britons, ever pre-eminent in mercy, have outgone common examples, and overlooked the criminal in the captive. Upon these principles your prisoners, whose lives by the law of the land are destined to the cord, have hitherto been treated with care and kindness, and more comfortably lodged than the King's troops in the hospitals ; indiscriminately it is true, for I acknowledge no rank that is not derived from the King.
Page lviii - That fact stands thus. While the government was at New York I was applied to on behalf of Freneau to know if there was any place within my department to which he could be appointed. I answered there were but four clerkships, all of which I found full, and continued without any change. When we removed to Philadelphia, Mr. Pintard the translating clerk, did not chuse to remove with us.
Page lvi - ... to oppose the measures of government, and, by false insinuations, to disturb the public peace...

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