Society in America, Volume 2

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Saunders and Otley, 1837 - United States - 365 pages
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Page 347 - The free communication of thoughts and opinions is one of the invaluable rights of man: and every citizen may freely speak, write, and print on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty.
Page 347 - Every citizen may freely speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty. SEC. 6. No law shall ever be passed to curtail or restrain the liberty of speech or of the press.
Page 27 - The possession of land is the aim of all action, generally speaking, and the cure for all social evils, among men in the United States. If a man is disappointed in politics or love, he goes and buys land. If he disgraces himself, he betakes himself to a lot in the west.
Page 132 - Let us declare that the question of slavery is not, and shall not be, open to discussion; that the system is deep rooted among us, and must remain forever; that the very moment any private individual attempts to lecture us upon its evils and immorality, and the necessity of putting means in operation to secure us from them, in the same moment his tongue shall be cut out and cast upon the dunghill.
Page 342 - ... shall be fined not less than two hundred and fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars and imprisoned not exceeding ninety days; and in addition thereto the county judge shall dismiss him from such service.
Page 53 - If such external provision, with a great amount of accumulated wealth besides, is the result of co-operation and community of property among an ignorant, conceited, inert society like this, what might not the same principles of association achieve among a more intelligent set of people, stimulated by education, and exhilarated by the enjoyment of all the blessings which Providence has placed within the reach of man ? " The wealth of the Shakers is not to be attributed to their celibacy.
Page 289 - A certain inarticulate Self-consciousness dwells dimly in us ; which only our Works can render articulate and decisively discernible. Our Works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments. Hence, too, the folly of that impossible Precept, Know thyself ; till it be translated into this partially possible one, Know what thou canst work at.
Page 258 - Anybody will give you anecdotes from Canton and descriptions of the Society and Sandwich Islands. They often slip up the western coast of their two continents, bringing furs from the back regions of their own wide land, glance up at the Andes on their return; double Cape Horn, touch at the ports of Brazil and Guiana, look about them in the West Indies, feeling almost at home there, and land some fair morning in Salem and walk home as if they had done nothing remarkable.
Page 121 - I am very sure, that the difference — nothing short of frightful — between all that exists on one side of the Potomac, and all on the other, is owing to that cause alone. The disease is deep...
Page 210 - The pleas of the advocates of internal improvement," wrote a contemporary authority of high standing on economic questions, "are these : That very extensive public works, designed for the benefit of the whole Union, and carried through vast portions of its area, must be accomplished. That an object so essential ought not to be left at the mercy of such an accident as the cordial agreement of the requisite number of states, to carry such works forward to their completion ; that the surplus funds accruing...

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