Memoirs of Gilbert Motier La Fayette

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Charles Wiley, 1824 - 305 pages
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Page 18 - July 31, 1777, congress resolved, that, "whereas the Marquis de la Fayette, out of his great zeal to the cause of liberty in which the United States are engaged, has left his family and connexions, and at his own expense come over to offer his services to the United States without pension or particular allowance, and is anxious to risk his life in our cause...
Page 197 - ... attempted to rescue a state prisoner was alleged against them. This fact being proved, they were remanded to their prison, to await the sentence which was to be pronounced against them by the supreme magistrate They were now, however, permitted every indulgence but liberty. It was some days before they heard from W , and when he came, they were astonished and confounded to hear from him that their punishment was intended to be, imprisonment for life. He however consoled them by hinting, that...
Page 276 - When a man, who is deeply impressed with a, sense of the gratitude he owes you, and who is too ardent a lover of glory to be wholly indifferent to yours, connects his suffrage with conditional restric24 lions, those restrictions not only...
Page 192 - But still he was uncertain as to his fate, and the jailor was the only human being who visited him. One day he was surprised with the appearance of his young friend the interpreter, Mr. W. • Nothing could exceed his joy at once more beholding a kindly human face. He informed Huger that the court of Austria had believed that all the garrison of Olmutz had been engaged in the conspiracy ; that many people had been arrested upon suspicion ; for it could not be believed that two such young men as he...
Page 277 - When I wish, then, to see the career of your glory crowned by the honours of perpetual magistracy, I but act in correspondence with my own private sentiments, and am influenced exclusively by patriotic considerations. But all my political and moral obligations, the principles that have governed every action of my life, call on me to pause, before I bestow on you my suffrage, until I feel assured, that your authority shall be erected on a basis worthy the nation and yourself.
Page 281 - Penrhh, in Cumberland, he had the misfortune to fall and break his leg. He was then three miles from home, no perfon within call, and evening approaching.
Page 192 - ... was superior to law, he could not shake off some melancholy presages. His place of confinement was a loathsome dungeon, without light ; he was fed with the coarsest food, chained to the floor during the night ; his own clothes taken from him, and others sent him that had already been worn by many an unfortunate prisoner. Thus he dragged on the first three months of his confinement. After that time he was removed to a better room, into which glimmered a borrowed light ; better clothes and more...
Page 196 - I probably felt more enjoyment at that moment, than, in general, one half the world ever experienced in their lives, even those possessing freedom, wealth, and friends. My long captivity has not then been wholly miserable, nor without some pleasure.' " At length, at the end of seven months, they were informed that the crown lawyers were arrived. The government by this time was satisfied that the attempt to liberate...

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