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Get the Welcome Home, Bobby Winslow at Microsoft Store and compare products with the latest customer reviews and ratings. Download or ship for free. But no matter how many races he won, the sexy, sought—after race car driver could never quite catch up with Harris. Temporary Rancher Welcome. Home Bobby Winslow Evans. Ann Butler Christyne Epub. What ought to I charge for my ideas? There are all different. See more ideas about Bestselling author, Butler and My books. If we examine critically the little prospect that lies around us, at one view we behold an almost infinite variety of substances over our heads.
The sun blazes in divine effulgence; the clouds, tinged with various colors by the refracted sunbeams, exhibit most beautiful appearances in the atmosphere. The cultivated plains and meadows are attired in a delightful verdure, and variegated with the gay enamel of flowers and roses; on one hand we see an extensive forest, a whole kingdom of vegetables of the noblest kind; upon the hills we discern flocks of grazing cattle; and on the other hand a city rises up to view, with its spires among the clouds.
All these, and many more objects encounter our eyes in the prospect of our horizon, perhaps two or three miles in diameter. Now every animal that we see in this prospect, men and beasts, is endued with a most curiously organized body. They consist of bones, and blood, and muscles, and nerves, and ligaments, and tendons, and chyle, and a million other things, all exactly fitted for the purposes of life, and motion, and action.
Every plant has almost as complex and curious a structure as animals; and the minutest twig is supported and supplied with juices and life, by organs and filaments proper to draw this nutrition of the earth. It would be endless to consider, minutely, every substance or species of substances that falls under our eyes in this one prospect.
Now let us for a minute consider how many million such prospects there are upon this single planet, all of which contain as great, and some a much greater variety of animals and vegetables. When we have been sufficiently astonished at this incomprehensible multitude of substances, let us rise in our thoughts, and consider how many planets, and satellites, and comets, there are in this one solar system, each of which has as many such prospects upon its surface as our earth. Such a view as this may Edition: current; Page: [ 20 ] suffice to show us our ignorance; but if we rise still higher in our thoughts, and consider that stupendous army of fixed stars that is hung up in the immense space, as so many suns, each placed in the centre of his respective system, and diffusing his enlivening and invigorating influences to his whole choir of planets, comets, and satellites; and that each of this unnumbered multitude has as much superficies, and as many prospects, as our earth, we find ourselves lost and swallowed up in this incomprehensible, I had almost said infinite magnificence of nature.
Our imaginations, after a few faint efforts, sink down into a profound admiration of what they cannot comprehend. God, whose almighty fiat first produced this amazing universe, had the whole plan in view from all eternity; intimately and perfectly knew the nature and all the properties of all these his creatures. He looked forward through all duration, and perfectly knew all the effects, all the events and revolutions that could possibly and would actually take place throughout eternity.
What is the proper business of mankind in this life? We come into the world naked, and destitute of all the conveniences and necessaries of life; and if we were not provided for and nourished by our parents, or others, should inevitably perish as soon as born; we increase in strength of body and mind, by slow and insensible degrees; one third of our time is consumed in sleep, and three sevenths of the remainder is spent in procuring a mere animal sustenance; and if we live to the age of threescore and ten, and then sit down to make an estimate in our minds of the happiness we have enjoyed, and the misery we have suffered, we shall find, I am apt to think, that the overbalance of happiness is quite inconsiderable.
We shall find that we have been, through the greatest part of our lives, pursuing shadows, and empty but glittering phantoms, rather than substances. We shall find that we have applied our whole vigor, all our faculties, in the pursuit of honor, or wealth, or learning, or some other such delusive trifle, instead of the real and everlasting excellencies of piety and virtue.
Habits of contemplating the Deity and his transcendent excellencies, and correspondent habits of complacency in, and dependence upon him; habits of reverence and gratitude to God, and habits of love and compassion to our fellow men; and habits of temperance, recollection, Edition: current; Page: [ 21 ] and self-government, will afford us a real and substantial pleasure. We may then exult in a consciousness of the favor of God, and the prospect of everlasting felicity. It is now, as it were, restrained and banked up by his goodness. But he will, by and by, unless repentance prevent, let it out in full fury upon you.
When we see or feel any body, we discern nothing but bulk and extension. We can change this extension into a great variety of shapes and figures, and, by applying our senses to it, can get ideas of those different figures; but can do nothing more than change the figure.
If we pulverize glass or salt, the original constituent matter remains the same, only we have altered the contexture of its parts. Large loads and heaps of matter, as mountains and rocks, lie obstinate, inactive, and motionless, and eternally will remain so, unless moved by some force extrinsic to themselves.
Dissolve the cohesion, and reduce these mountains to their primogenial atoms; these atoms are as dull and senseless as they were when combined into the shape of a mountain. In short, matter has no consciousness of its own existence, has no power of its own, no active power I mean, but is wholly passive; nor can thought be ever produced by any modification of it. To say that God can superadd to matter a capacity of thought, is palpable nonsense and contradiction.
Such a capacity is inconsistent with the most essential properties of matter. June 1. The reasoning of mathematicians is founded on certain and infallible principles. Every word they use conveys a determinate idea, and by accurate definitions they excite the same ideas in the mind of the reader that were in the mind of the writer. When they have defined the terms they intend to make use of, they premise a few axioms, or self-evident principles, that every man must assent to as soon as proposed. They then take for granted certain postulates, that no one can deny them, such as, that a right line may be drawn from one given point to another; and from these plain simple principles Edition: current; Page: [ 22 ] they have raised most astonishing speculations, and proved the extent of the human mind to be more spacious and capable than any other science.
When we come into the world, our minds are destitute of all sorts of ideas. These ideas that enter, simple and uncompounded, through our senses, are called simple ideas, because they are absolutely one and indivisible. Thus, the whiteness of snow cannot be divided or separated into two or more whitenesses.
The same may be said of all other colors. It is, indeed, in our power to mix or compound colors into new and more beautiful appearances than any that are to be found in nature; so we can combine various sounds into one melodious tune; in short, we can modify and dispose the simple ideas of sensation into whatever shape we please. But these ideas can enter our minds no other way but through the senses. A man born blind will never gain one idea of light or color.
One born deaf will never get an idea of sound. He is not a wise man, and is unfit to fill any important station in society, that has left one passion in his soul unsubdued. The love of glory will make a General sacrifice the interest of his nation to his own fame. Avarice exposes some to corruption, and all to a thousand meannesses and villanies destructive to society. Love has deposed lawful kings, and aggrandized unlawful, ill deserving courtiers.
Envy is more studious of eclipsing the lustre of other men by indirect stratagems, than of brightening its own lustre by great and meritorious actions. These passions should be bound fast, and brought under the yoke. Untamed, they are lawless bulls; they roar and bluster, defy all control, and sometimes murder their proper owner. Consider for one minute the changes produced in this country within the space of two hundred years. Then the whole continent was one continued dismal wilderness, the haunt of wolves and bears and more savage men.
Now the forests are removed, the land covered with fields of corn, orchards bending with fruit, and the magnificent habitations of rational and civilized people. Then, our rivers flowed through gloomy deserts and offensive swamps. Now, the same rivers glide smoothly on, through rich countries fraught with every delightful object, and through meadows painted with the most beautiful scenery of nature and of art.
The narrow huts of the Indians have been removed, and in their room have arisen fair and lofty edifices, large and well compacted cities. July Kept school. I am now entering on another year, and I am resolved not to neglect my time as I did last year. I am resolved to rise with the sun, and to study the Scriptures on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, and to study some Latin author the other three mornings.
Noons and nights I intend to read English authors. This is my fixed determination; and I will set down every neglect and every compliance with this resolution. May I blush whenever I suffer one hour to pass unimproved. I will rouse up my mind and fix my attention; I will stand collected within myself, and think upon what I read and what I see; I will strive, with all my soul, to be something more than persons who have had less advantages than myself.
Fast day. This is the usual fate of my resolutions. Wrote the first three chapters of St. Wrote in Bolingbroke pretty industriously. The years of my youth are marked by divine Providence with various and with great events. The last year is rendered conspicuous, in the memorials of past ages, by a series of very remarkable events, of various kinds. The year opened with the projection of three expeditions, 1 to prevent the further, and remove the present, depredations and Edition: current; Page: [ 24 ] encroachments of our turbulent French neighbors.
I shall not minute the gradual steps advanced by each army, but only the issue of each. Braddock, the commander of the forces destined against Du Quesne, and six or seven hundred of his men, were butchered in a manner unexampled in history; all routed and destroyed without doing the least injury, that we know of, to the enemy. Johnson, with his army, was attacked by the Baron Dieskau, but happily maintained his ground and routed the enemy, taking Dieskau prisoner.
Monckton and Winslow, at Nova Scotia, gained their point, took the fortresses, and sent off the inhabitants into these provinces. Boscawen bravely defended our coast with his fleet, and made great havoc among the French merchant-ships. All these actions were performed in a time of peace. Sed paulo majora canamus. God Almighty has exerted the strength of his tremendous arm, and shook one of the finest, richest, and most populous cities in Europe, into ruin and desolation, by an earthquake. The British nation has been making very expensive and very formidable preparations to secure its territories against an invasion by the French, and to humble the insolent tempers and aspiring prospects of that ambitious and faithless nation.
Is it not then the highest frenzy and distraction to neglect these expostulations of Providence, and continue a rebellion against the Potentate who alone has wisdom enough to perceive, and power enough to procure for us the only certain means of happiness, and goodness enough to prompt him to both? Rose at seven; wrote a little in Greek; afternoon wrote Bolingbroke. Rose at half after six. Good sense, some say, is enough to regulate our conduct, and to dictate thoughts and actions which are proper upon certain occasions.
This, they say, will soften and refine the motions of our limbs into an easy and agreeable air, although the dancing master was never applied to; and this will suggest good answers, good observations, and good expressions to us, better than refined breeding. Good sense is generally attended with a very lively sense and delight in applause; the love of fame in such men is generally much stronger than in other people, and this passion, it must be confessed, is apt to betray men into impertinent exertions of their talents, sometimes into censorious remarks upon others, often into little meannesses to sound the opinions of others, and, oftenest of all, into a childish affectation of wit and gayety.
Such has been my unhappy fate. I now resolve, for the future, never to say an illnatured thing concerning ministers or the ministerial profession; never to say an envious thing concerning governors, judges, ministers, clerks, sheriffs, lawyers, or any other honorable or lucrative offices or officers; never to affect wit upon laced waistcoats, or large Edition: current; Page: [ 26 ] estates, or their possessors; never to show my own importance or superiority by remarking the foibles, vices, or inferiority of others. Read carefully thirty lines in Virgil.
Wrote a little in Bolingbroke at noon, and a little at night.
Read about forty lines in Virgil, and wrote a little at noon. Nothing more. The nature and essence of the material world is not less concealed from our knowledge than the nature and essence of God. We see ourselves surrounded on all sides with a vast expanse of heavens, and we feel ourselves astonished at the grandeur, the blazing pomp of those stars with which it is adorned.
The birds fly over our heads and our fellow animals labor and sport around us; the trees wave and murmur in the winds; the clouds float and shine on high; the surging billows rise in the sea, and ships break through the tempest; here rises a spacious city, and yonder is spread out an extensive plain. These objects are so common and familiar that we think ourselves fully acquainted with them; but these are only effects and properties; the substance from whence they flow is hid from us in impenetrable obscurity.
God is said to be self-existent, and that therefore he must have existed from eternity, and throughout immensity. God exists by an absolute necessity in his own nature; that is, it implies a contradiction to suppose him not to exist. To ask what this necessity is, is as if you should ask what the necessity of the equality between twice two and four is; twice two are necessarily in their own nature equal to four, not only here, but in every point of space; not only now, but in every point of duration.
In the same manner God necessarily exists, not only here, but throughout unlimited space; not only now, but throughout Edition: current; Page: [ 27 ] all duration, past and future. We observe in the animate and in the inanimate creation a surprising diversity and a surprising uniformity. Of inanimate substances there is a great variety, from the pebble in the streets quite up to the vegetables in the forest; of animals there is no less a variety of species, from the animalcula, that escape our naked sight, quite through the intermediate kinds up to elephants, horses, men. Yet, notwithstanding this variety, there is, from the highest species of animals upon this globe, which is generally thought to be man, a regular and uniform subordination of one tribe to another, down to the apparently insignificant animalcules in pepper water; and the same subordination continues quite through the vegetable kingdom.
And it is worth observing that each species regularly and uniformly preserve all their essential and peculiar properties without partaking of the peculiar properties of others. We do not see chickens hatched with fins to swim; nor fishes spawned with wings to fly; we do not see a colt foaled with claws like a bird, nor man with the clothing or armor which his reason renders him capable of procuring for himself.
Every species has its distinguishing properties, and every individual that is born has all those properties without any of the distinguishing properties of another species. What now can preserve this prodigious variety of species and this inflexible uniformity among the individuals but the continual and vigilant providence of God? August 1. The event shows that my resolutions are of a very thin and vapory consistency. Almost a fortnight has passed since I came to Worcester the last time; some part of the time I have spent as frugally and industriously as I possibly could; but the greatest part I have dreamed away as usual.
I am now entering upon a new month and a new week; and I should think that one month would carry me forward considerably, if I could keep up a continual presence of mind and a close application at all proper times; this I will labor after. Agreeably to the design laid last night, I arose this morning before the sun.
All this past week my designs have been interrupted by the troubles and confusion of the house. I shall be able to resume the thread of my studies, I hope, now. Wrote Edition: current; Page: [ 28 ] pretty industriously in Bolingbroke. I have never looked attentively into my own breast; I have never considered as I ought the surprising faculties and operations of the mind. Our minds are capable of receiving an infinite variety of ideas from those numerous material objects with which we are surrounded; and the vigorous impressions which we receive from these, our minds are capable of retaining, compounding, and arranging into all the varieties of picture and of figure; our minds are able to retain distinct comprehensions of an infinite multitude of things, without the least labor or fatigue.
In fine, we can attend the earth from its nativity through all the various turns of fortune; through all its successive changes; through all the events that happen on its surface; and through all the successive generations of mankind to the final conflagration, when the whole earth, with all its appendages, shall be consumed and dissolved by the furious element of fire.
And after our minds are furnished with this ample store of ideas, far from feeling burdened or overloaded, our thoughts are more free, and active, and clear than before, and we are capable of diffusing our acquaintance with things much further; we are not satiated with knowledge; our curiosity is only improved and increased; our thoughts rove beyond the visible diurnal sphere; they range through the heavens and lose themselves amidst a labyrinth of worlds; and, not contented with what is, they run forward into futurity, and search for new employment there.
Here, they can never stop; the wide, the boundless prospect lies before them; here alone they find objects adequate to their desires. I know not by what fatality it happens, but I seem to have a Edition: current; Page: [ 29 ] necessity upon me of trifling away my time. Have not read fifty lines in Virgil this week; have wrote very little.
I seem to have lost sight of the object that I resolved to pursue. Dreams and slumbers, sloth and negligence, will be the ruin of my schemes. I have wrote Scripture pretty industriously this morning. Why am I so unreasonable as to expect happiness, and a solid, undisturbed contentment, amidst all the disorders and the continual rotations of worldly affairs? Stability is nowhere to be found in that part of the universe that lies within our observation; the natural and the moral world are continually changing; the planets, with all their appendages, strike out their amazing circles round the sun; upon the earth one day is serene and clear, no cloud intercepts the kind influences of the sun, and all nature seems to flourish and look gay; but these delightful scenes soon vanish, and are succeeded by the gloom and darkness of the night; and, before the morning appears, the clouds gather, the winds rise, lightnings glare, and thunders bellow through the vast of heaven.
Man is sometimes flushed with joy, and transported with the full fury of sensual pleasure, and the next hour lies groaning under the bitter pangs of disappointment and adverse fortune. Thus, God has told us by the general constitution of the world, by the nature of all terrestrial enjoyments, and by the constitution of our own bodies, that this world was not designed for a lasting and a happy state, but rather for a state of moral discipline; that we might have a fair opportunity and continual incitement to labor after a cheerful resignation to all the events of Providence, after habits of virtue, self-government, and piety; and this temper of mind is in our power to acquire, and this alone can secure us against all the adversities of fortune, against all the malice of men, against all the operations of nature.
A world in flames, and a whole system tumbling in ruins to the centre, have nothing terrifying in them to a man whose security is builded on the adamantine basis of good conscience and confirmed piety. If I could but conform my life and conversation to my speculations, I should be happy. Have I hardiness enough to contend with Omnipotence? Edition: current; Page: [ 30 ] or ingratitude enough to spurn at Infinite Goodness? The situation that I am in, and the advantages that I enjoy, are thought to be the best for me by Him who alone is competent to judge of fitness and propriety.
Shall I then complain? If one man or being, out of pure generosity and without any expectation of returns, is about to confer any favor or emolument upon another, he has a right and is at liberty to choose in what manner and by what means to confer it. He may convey the favor by his own hand or by the hand of his servant, and the obligation to gratitude is equally strong upon the benefited being. The mode of bestowing does not diminish the kindness, provided the commodity or good is brought to us equally perfect, and without our expense.
But, on the other hand, if one being is the original cause of pain, sorrow, or suffering to another, voluntarily and without provocation, it is injurious to that other, whatever means he might employ, and whatever circumstances the conveyance of the injury might be attended with. Thus, we are equally obliged to the Supreme Being for the information he has given us of our duty, whether by the constitution of our minds and bodies, or by a supernatural revelation. For an instance of the latter let us take original sin.
Now this guilt is brought upon them not by their own rashness and indiscretion, not by their own wickedness and vice, but by the Supreme Being. Yesterday I completed a contract with Mr. Putnam to study law, under his inspection, for two years. Necessity drove me to this determination, but my inclination, I think, was to preach; however, that would not do. But I set out with firm resolutions, I think, never to commit any meanness or injustice in the practice of law. The study and practice of law, I am sure, does not dissolve the obligations of morality or of religion; and, although the reason of my quitting divinity was my opinion concerning some disputed points, I hope I shall not give reason of offence, to any in that profession, by imprudent warmth.
Heard Crawford upon the love of God. The obligation that is upon us to love God, he says, arises from the instances of his love and goodness to us. He has given us an existence and a nature which render us capable of enjoying happiness and of suffering misery.
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He has given us several senses, and has furnished the world around us with a variety of objects proper to delight and entertain them. He has hung up in the heavens over our heads, and has spread in the fields of nature around about us, those glorious shows and appearances by which our eyes and our imaginations are so extremely delighted. We are pleased with the beautiful appearance of the flowers; we are agreeably entertained with the prospect of forests and meadows, of verdant fields and mountains covered with flocks.
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We are thrown into a kind of transport and amazement when we behold the amazing concave of heaven sprinkled and glittering with stars. He has also bestowed upon the vegetable species a fragrance that can almost as agreeably entertain our sense of smell. He has so wonderfully constituted the air, that by giving it a particular kind of vibration, it produces in us as intense sensations of pleasure as the organs of our bodies can bear, in all the varieties of harmony and concord.
But all the provision that He has made for the gratification of our senses, though very engaging and unmerited instances of goodness, is much inferior to the provision, the wonderful provision that He has made for the gratification of our nobler powers of intelligence and reason. He has given us reason to find out the truth, and the real design and true end of our existence, and has made all endeavors to promote them agreeable to our minds, and attended with a conscious pleasure and complacency. On the contrary, He has made a different Edition: current; Page: [ 32 ] course of life—a course of impiety and injustice, of malevolence and intemperance—appear shocking and deformed to our first reflections; and since it was necessary to make us liable to some infirmities and distempers of body, He has plentifully stored the bowels and the surface of the earth with minerals and vegetables that are proper to defend us from some diseases and to restore us to health from others.
Besides, the powers of our reason and invention have enabled us to devise engines and instruments to take advantage of the powers that we find in nature, to avert many calamities that would otherwise befall us, and to procure many enjoyments and pleasures that we could not otherwise attain. He has connected the greatest pleasure with the discovery of truth, and made it our interest to pursue with eagerness these intense pleasures. Have we not the greatest reason, then, yea, is it not our indispensable duty, to return our sincere love and gratitude to this greatest, kindest, and most profuse Benefactor?
Would it not show the deepest baseness and most infamous ingratitude to despise or to disregard a being to whose inexhausted beneficence we are so deeply indebted? Came to Mr. The choice of a profession having been finally determined, an interval of more than two years occurs in the Diary, embracing the remainder of his term of residence at Worcester.
The following extracts, from the Autobiography, find their place here. Lord Loudon was one; he travelled in the winter from New York to Boston, and lodged at Worcester in his way. The young Lord Howe, who passed from Boston to New York, was the very reverse, and spread everywhere the most sanguine hopes, which, however, were too soon disappointed by his melancholy but heroic death.
Amherst, who had arrived at Boston from the conquest of Louisburg, marched with his army of four thousand men across the country, and halted a few days at Worcester, having encamped his army on the hill behind the present court house. Here we had an opportunity of seeing him, his officers and army. The officers were very social, spent their evenings and took their suppers with such of the inhabitants as were able to invite them, and entertained us with their music and their dances.
Many of them were Scotchmen in their plaids, and their music was delightful; even the bagpipe was not disagreeable. The General lodged with Colonel Chandler the elder, and was very inquisitive concerning his farm, insisting on rambling over the whole of it. The excellent order and discipline observed by these troops, revived the hopes of the country, which were ultimately fully satisfied by the entire conquest Edition: current; Page: [ 34 ] of Canada, with the help of the militia of the country, which were sent on to their assistance 1 with great confidence.
At the time when Fort William Henry was besieged, there came down almost every day despatches from the General to the New England Colonies, urging for troops and assistance. Colonel Chandler the younger had sent so many expresses that he found it difficult to get persons to undertake the journeys. Complaining of this embarrassment one evening, in company, I told him I had so long led a sedentary life that my health began to fail me, and that I had an inclination to take a journey on horseback.
The next morning, by daybreak, he was at my chamber door with despatches for the Governor of Rhode Island; he said a horse was ready. Without hesitation I arose and was soon mounted. Too much despatch was necessary for my comfort, and, I believe, for my health; for a journey so fatiguing, to a man who was not on horseback more than once a year on a short visit to his parents, I cannot think calculated to relieve a valetudinarian.
Arrived at Providence I was informed that Mr. Greene was at Newport, with the General Assembly. I had then to ride through the Narraganset country, and to cross over Conanicut to Rhode Island. In the woods of Narraganset I met two gentlemen on horseback, of whom I took the liberty to inquire whether the Governor was still at Newport? One of them answered he was not; but the gentleman with him was the Governor.
My despatches were delivered to him, and he broke the seals and read them on the spot. He said he believed the French were determined to have the country; 2 asked many questions, gave me many polite invitations to return with him to his home, which, as he said he had no answer to return by me, and as I was determined to see Newport, I civilly declined.
Pursuing my journey I found a great difficulty to get over the water, as the boats and men were gone upon their usual employment. One was found after a time very tedious to me, and I landed on the island and had a good opportunity to see the whole of it, as my road to Bristol lay through the whole length Edition: current; Page: [ 35 ] of it. To me the whole island appeared a most beautiful garden, an ornamented farm; but hostile armies have since degarnished it of a principal embellishment, the noble rows and plantations of trees. John Chandler. Here I was happy, and felt myself at home.
Next morning I pursued my journey to Worcester. The whole was accomplished in four days, one of which was Sunday. As I was obliged to ride all that day, I had an opportunity of observing the manners of Rhode Island;—much more gay and social than our Sundays in Massachusetts. In , my period with Mr. Putnam expired. Two gentlemen, by name Doolittle and Baldwin, 1 visited me in the office, and invited me to settle in Worcester. They said, as there were two sides to a question, and two lawyers were always wanted where there was one, I might depend upon business in my profession; they were pleased to add that my character was fair, and well esteemed by all sorts of people in the town and through the county; that they wished to get me chosen at the next election, which was very near, Register of Deeds, which would procure me something handsome for the present, and insure me employment at the bar; that, as the Chandler family had engrossed almost all the public offices and employment in the town and county, they wished to select some person qualified to share with them in those honors and emoluments.
My answer was, that as the Chandlers were worthy people, and discharged the duties of their offices very well, I envied not their felicity, and had no desire to set myself in opposition to them, and especially to Mr. Putnam, who had married a beautiful daughter of that family, and had treated me with civility and kindness.
But there was one motive with me which was decisive.
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I was in very ill health; and the air of Worcester appeared to be unfriendly to me to such a degree that I panted for want of the breezes from the sea, and the pure zephyrs from the rocky mountains of my native town; that my father and mother invited me to live with them; and, as there never had been a lawyer in any country part of the then county of Suffolk, Edition: current; Page: [ 36 ] I was determined at least to look into it and see if there was any chance for me.
They replied that the town of Boston was full of lawyers, and many of them of established characters for long experience, great abilities, and extensive fame, who might be jealous of such a novelty as a lawyer in the country part of their county, and might be induced to obstruct me. I returned, that I was not wholly unknown to some of the most celebrated of those gentlemen; that I believed they had too much candor and generosity to injure a young man; and, at all events, I could try the experiment, and if I should find no hope of success, I should then think of some other place or some other course.
October 5. Yesterday I arrived here from Worcester. Let me admire with knowledge. It is low to admire a Dutch commentator merely because he uses Latin and Greek phraseology. Let me be able to draw the true character both of the text of Justinian and of the notes of his commentator, when I have finished the book. Few of my contemporary beginners in the study of the law have the resolution to aim at much knowledge in the civil law; let me, therefore, distinguish myself from them by the study of the civil law in its native languages, those of Greece and Rome.
I shall gain the consideration, and perhaps favor, of Mr. Gridley and Mr. Pratt by this means. I have smoked, chatted, trifled, loitered away this whole day almost;—by much the greatest part of this day has been spent in unloading a cart, in cutting oven wood, in making and recruiting my own fire, in eating victuals and apples, in drinking tea, cutting and smoking tobacco, and in chatting with Dr.
This shall be my method. But a leaden ball held between my fingers, as soon as I withdraw my fingers will, of itself for aught I see, change its state from rest to motion and fall suddenly to the floor. If it is passive, the agent that presses it downwards is invisible; but because matter, in all the experiments I have tried, resists a change from rest to motion upwards, will it follow that all matter essentially resists a change from rest to motion downwards? Is it a posteriori from experiments that he deduces this proposition that all matter essentially resists any change of state?
Is inactivity and anti-activity included in our ideas of matter? If nothing is matter which has not this anti-active principle, then human minds are not matter, for they have no such principle; we are conscious that we can begin and end motion of ourselves. If he argues a posteriori from experiments, he can pretend only to probability, for unless he was certain that he had made the experiment and found the property in every particle of matter that ever was created, he could not be certain that there was no particle in the world without this property, though he had tried all but one and found that they had it.
Thus experiment is turned against the doctrine. I cannot yet see how he will prove all matter anti-inactive a priori from properties of matter before known essential, with which he must show this to be necessarily connected. I must and will make that book familiar to me. Read in Gilbert. I read him slowly, but I gain ideas and knowledge as I go along, which I do not always when I read. This small volume will take me a fortnight; but I will be master of it. Read Gilbert. Field and Luke Lambert. Field, after the rescous, went to Colonel Quincy, made complaint against Lambert, and requested and obtained a warrant.
The warrant was directed to the constable, who brought the offender before the justice, attended with the complainant and the witnesses ordered to be summoned. Whether a single justice can take cognizance of any matter in which the sum originally prosecuted for is more than forty shillings? If, upon examination, the Colonel shall find that a single justice has no authority to hear and determine such a rescous, at the adjournment the proceedings will be quashed, and the complainant must begin de novo; but if he finds that a single Edition: current; Page: [ 41 ] justice has authority to determine the matter, he will proceed to judgment.
The questions that arise in my mind, on this case, are these. What is the true idea and definition of a court of record? What courts in England, and what in this province, are courts of record, and what are not? Whether a court is denominated a court of record from its keeping records of its proceedings? Whether every court is a court of record whose president is a judge of record? For it seems plain in Dalton, that a justice of the peace is a judge of record.
The complainant, who was mistaken, through ignorance, in going to the justice for a remedy, or the justice, who was mistaken in the same manner in acting upon the complaint beyond his authority? What are the steps of prosecuting by information? Is not a motion made in court, that the information may be amended or filed?
Are informations ever filed but by attorney-general? When the penalty, sued for by the information, is half to the king, or half to the poor, and the other half to the informer, is the defendant committed till he discharges the penalty, or is an execution ever issued? It is said, courts of record alone have power to impose a fine or imprison. A rescous is a breach of law, and a breach of the peace; and remedy for it may be by action of trespass, which is always contra pacem.
May a warrant be issued for a trespass quare clausum fregit? It may for a trespass of assault and battery. The Colonel inquired what punishment he could inflict on a constable for disobedience to his warrant, for not making return of his doings? The malfeasance or nonfeasance of officers, are crimes and offences that may be inquired of, indicted, or presented by the grand jury at common law.
Whether, as he neglected this, the pound-keeper cannot justify his resigning of them to the owner? If Field had lodged an estimation of his damages with the pound-keeper, and the pound-keeper had nevertheless resigned the creatures up without taking the damages, would not an action lay against him, as an action lies against a prison-keeper, for a voluntary escape?
I want a form of an action of escape now. It cannot be called an indirect way of delivering his creatures out of pound, to pay or tender the pound-keeper his fees, and demand and receive his cattle of him when he has unlocked or opened the pound gate and turned the creatures out. So that it will not admit a query whether Lambert is liable to an action for receiving his horses of the pound-keeper. It is plain, I think, he is not. Read in Gilbert, went to Monatiquot 1 to see the raising of the new meeting house; no observations worth noting.
Is God just a thought within your head or is he part of you? Is Christ just a name that you read in a book when you were in school?
Well I've seen the truth, yes I've seen the light and I've changed my ways. And I'll be prepared when you're lonely and scared at the end of our days The Aftermath By Iron Maiden. An anti-war song. In the mud and rain. What are we fighting for? Is it worth the pain? Is it worth dying for? Who will take the blame? Why did they make a war? Mix in the dirt of brother's blood Song is about the first bombing of a civilian target by an enemy aircraft. In the air there's plane headed for the heart of the Dolphin Human activity damaging the environment , "Look at mother nature on the run in the nineteen seventies After The Reign By Blackfoot.
About the displacement and relocation of Native American peoples in North America. Song is about the aftermath of the sinking of the luxury liner the Titanic on April , It told a sad new story, sixteen hundred had gone to rest. Captain Smith surely must have been a-drinking. Not knowing that he was doing wrong.
He tried to raise a record and let the Titanic down You're just another number in military schemes. They marched you in a uniform, you wore against your will. With lies of hope and glory, they taught you how to kill After The War By Warlock. Song is about the environment on a battlefield after a major battle or war has taken place. An endless battlefield. Overcrowded with death No singing of a bird, rustle of a tree War has ended A person has difficulty "letting go" and moving on from a relationship.
But to wait for you, is all I can do and that's what I've got to face.
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Take a good look at me now, cos I'll still be standing here. And you coming back to me is against all odds. It's the chance I've gotta take Agent Orange By Sodom. About agent orange , a herbicide that was used by the United States government during the Vietnam War. Many Vietnam vets have developed health complications or have died because of their exposure to this herbicide.
Spray down the death. Agent Orange Cancer creeps into their innocent souls. Memorials of flesh and blood Poisoned 'til the end of their lives. Physical deformity About the health hazards of agent orange , a herbicide used in the Vietnam War. This agent orange from Vietnam, we carry it with us still.
It stays inside for years and years before it starts to kill. You might get cancer of the liver, you might get cancer of the skin. A complex song about many health issues. References made to risk taking, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, unprotected sex, low self esteem, and lack of respect for self and body. She is looking for the kisses that she never got at home And if she ends up with some dirty hot disease.
It's a small price she pays for the need to be pleased Our heroine like many others is now dead Yo, yo, now that millions is dead I'm considered widespread Number one on the top ten and considered a world wide threat H-I-V will progress to A-I-D-S And transform your warm blooded bones to dry flesh By stressing the immune system Promiscuous men and women trying to avoid getting the micro-organism in them from running up in it raw Ready and willing, a couple of minutes of a good feeling is what'll kill them Break ya body down in steps, breath for breath In the hospital wit less then a dozen T-cells left About devotion and the power of love over time, and across the miles.
No matter where you are, no matter how far. Just call my name, I'll be there in a hurry Although we are miles apart, if you ever need a helping hand, I'll be there on the double as fast as I can There ain't no mountain high enough , Ain't no valley low enough , Ain't no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you Song promotes abstinence, respecting yourself and your body and waiting to become sexually active.
Ain't no safe way anymore. You got people with one, two, three, or four. Abstinence rules, playing is for fools. The one who abstains is the one who's cool About having a positive outlook on life, striving for your goals and not letting negative people influence your way of thinking. I know you know someone that has a negative vow Ask them where they are going, they don't know. But we won't let nothin' hold us back We're gonna polish up our act! Alainis Morissette By Wesley Willis. A tongue-in-cheek song about Canadian musician Alainis Morissette.
You are a rock legend to the max Alainis Morissette You are a rocking maniac. You are a singing hyena. About the Battle of the Alamo which began on February 23, in the state of Texas. Fought to save the Alamo, the battle twelve days long The last brave man fought to the end, the battle it was lost.
Fought to save the Alamo, their lives was what it cost Remember the Alamo The Alamo By Johnny Cash. Alcohol By Barenaked Ladies. Alcohol, a party time necessity. Alcohol, alternative to feeling like yourself. O alcohol, I still drink to your health To walk the fine line between self control and self abuse O alcohol, would you please forgive me? For while I cannot love myself I'll use something else Alcohol By The Kinks.
A well respected and successful individual turns to alcohol to deal with life's stresses and ends up ruining his marriage and life. But the pressures at the office and his socialite engagements He'll drink anything as long as all his troubles disappear. But he messed up his life and he beat up his wife Oh, demon alcohol, sad memories I cannot recall About the negative effects associated with abusing alcohol. References made to hangovers, violence, intoxication and driving while intoxicated. Bottles were breakin' and the windows too. All because someone drank too much brew Fight and shout and cause a brawl, when you're out drinkin' that alcohol Tomorrow mornin' I'll be sick as a dog The meanest trip is alcohol A man laments over his drinking problem and realizes that death is imminent if he doesn't overcome his addiction.
Sure, Lord's killing me If I don't quit drinking it every morning, sure gonna kill me dead Singers mentioned include Hank Williams Sr. They pulled poor old Hank Williams Sr. He ended up on alcohol and pills Elvis Presley, he came up from Jackson. Janis Joplin, she was wild and reckless The story just goes on and on About "unhealthy escapism", using substances in order to forget your problems.
Some dead flowers and a bottle of vodka on the kitchen table. Flowers for the good times and booze for the bad Alcohol in the bloodstream, 'bout the best I can do 'til I forget about you An anti-alcohol song. Alcohol is the root of all evil Every bad thing that happened to me would not have occured if alcohol wasn't involved A relationship is threatened as a person tries to deal with their partner's addiction to alcohol. Even though I threaten that I'm never coming back again The Alcoholik By Superjoint Ritual.
About substance abuse. Blow through the prime of life. Numb all the senses down Pitfalls of grief Tribute to legendary ruler, Alexander The Great. Was born a son to Philip of Macedon, the legend his name was Alexander Alex Chilton By The Repacements. Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'rond I never travel far without a little Big Star Alice's Restaurant By Arlo Guthrie.
Inspired by actual events taking place in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Related topics include; the military draft, Vietnam War, protest movements, crime and punishment, pollution, Thanksgiving traditions. Alimony By "Weird Al" Yankovic. About one of the many unpleasurable results of a divorce. Bleedin' me dry Work at three jobs just to stay in debt now. Well first she took my nest egg and then she took my nest.
I'm in debt Alive By P. A song of acceptance, hope , and optimism. I'm thankful for every breath I take. I won't take it all for granted. So I learn from my mistakes. It's beyond my control Whatever happens in this lifetime Alive By Van Zant. Song is about making the most of your time here on Earth and being thankful for what you have. I can feel it rushing through me. It's the miracle of life. Ain't it good to be alive Song is about growing old alone and being forgotten by your immediate family.
But mostly, no one comes 'cept on the weekends.
Ruby Wilson lives in where she spends most of her time Some days sure are lonely days and time can move too slow. When you're all dressed up with no where to go Allentown By Billy Joel. Song is about economic decline and downsizing of American industry. Focuses on closing of steel mills in Allentown, PA. Out in Bethlehem they're killing time filling out forms, standing in line Song is about environmental awareness and the serenity and beauty of nature. Did you ever see the beauty of the hills of Carolina?
Or the sweetness of the grass of Tennesee? Did you ever stop to think about the air you're breathin'? I can see the concrete slowly creepin'. Lord take me before they're gone Song was written in the 's after Wall Street crashed sending people to the poor house and sparking the Great Depression. Now this is the truth and it certainly exposes that Wall Street's proposition is not all roses. I put up my money to win some more. I lost it all and it left me sore This song is about living a healthy lifestyle, striving for goals, the importance of friendship and remaining drug and alcohol free.
And I feel proud of all my friends when I see them working for their dreams We intend to always stay drug free. It's the only way to be Song is about unhealthy risk taking, living life in the fast lane and suffering the consequences. According to the artist, " You never walked away When I needed you to stay Or made me feel I'm not the one There've been no broken vows And there reason we're here now Is all the things we've never done We've never grown apart You never broke my heart With secrets that you've kept me from We've never been untrue And I'm still here with you Through all the things we've never done.
Tribute song to John Lennon. All those years ago You were the one who imagined it all All those years ago. Deep in the darkest night I send out a prayer to you Now in the world of light Certain individuals have emerged from the crowd. Reminding us of how far a human being can go No one is holding you back but you. There is no excuse for not getting what you want A positive song about the power and importance of love. Nothing you can sing that can't be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game All you need is love.
Love is all you need A protest song recorded in the late 's during the hippie movement when long haired people were viewed as rebels. It happened just the other day I feel like letting my freak flag fly Alone By Blues Traveler.
This song is about the hurt of unrequited love and the pain of rejection. She began to cry. She said she needed a friend. I said I'll try I'd loved her always. She didn't know. I tried patience. Let a friendship grow. I tried to keep her, that's what made her go.. A love like hers ain't meant for guys like me Song was written in honor of artist's daughter, Emily.
You were sent to me by angels up above, I'm certain Along came you to teach me about love You're here to show me what love can be Tribute to the Nile river. Along the Nile The pyramids, Reminded us of ancestors And what they did. Along the Nile My people live Because of all The life it gives Already One By Neil Young. About shared parenting. A relationship or marriage has ended but the couple are still joined or bound by a common interest , their child. I can't forget how love let me down Your laughing eyes. Your crazy smile. Every time I look in his face I can't believe how love lasts a while But we're already one.
Already one. Now only time can come between us. Always By Bon Jovi. A person has a difficult time accepting or coming to terms with the end of a relationship. He feels that his love for the other person will last forever. It's been raining since you left me, now I'm drowning in the flood.
You see I've always been a fighter but without you I give up I'll be there till the stars don't shine. Till the heavens burst and the words don't rhyme. I know when I die you'll be on my mind. And I love you, always This song is about optimism and the power of positive thinking. From the Monty Python film "Life of Brian" this song stands out in stark contrast to the "heavy, political stuff" normally associated with the artist.
If life seems jolly rotten, there's something you've forgotten And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing When you're feeling in the dumps, don't be silly chumps Just purse your lips and whistle, that's the thing, and Always look on the bright side of life Always look on the bright side of life About regret, taking someone's love for granted, and trying to redeem yourself.
And maybe I didn't treat you quite as good as I should have And I guess I never told you I'm so happy that you're mine. Little things I should of said and done. I just never took the time Always the Cause By Al Stewart. Song is about the Spanish Civil War and the people who fought for the "Cause" of democracy. Still hope won't be denied. There was always the Cause. There was always the Cause Setbacks come at every turn. New ways are hard to learn. Tonight I saw Guernica burn Always Tomorrow By Gloria Estefan.
Song is about optimism, having a positive outlook on life and believing in yourself and others. Instead of just giving up, I use the power at my command I'll face whatever comes my way, savor each moment of the day. Love as many people as I can along the way That's why there's always tomorrow to start all over again This song is a tribute to Sir Thomas More , song deals with the rule of law , the legitimacy of authority, and staying true to your conscience or principles. Henry Plantagenet still looks for someone to bring good news in his hour of doubt. While Thomas More waits in the Tower of London watching the sands running out.
And measures the hours out from here to oblivion in actions that can't be undone So what if you reached the age of reason only to find there was no reprieve? Would you still be a man for all seasons or would you just disbelieve? Look What They've Done to You By Courtney. Inspired by actual events.
On February 4, four NYC police officers fired 41 shots at unarmed Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo striking him 19 times and killing him in the entrance way of his apartment. John Wayne shooters rockin' hard dressed in blue. Abner Louima and now Amadou countless others paid the price for you Song By Phil Ochs. We will fight against disease when the money comes with ease. And when we get together we say hooray for A. If you can't afford my bill, don't tell me you're ill Every day we specialize more and more.
But we really love to stitch the diseases of the rich. We are sure there is a clinic for the poor Amazing By Aerosmith. Song is about the cycle of drug addiction, hitting "rock bottom", and then working towards recovery. When I lost my grip and I hit the floor. Yeah, I thought I could leave but couldn't get out the door.
I was so sick and tired of livin' a lie. I was wishing that I would die. It's amazing. With the blink of an eye you finally see the light When the moment arrives you know you'll be alright About Amelia Earhart , an American aviatrix who was one of the world's most celebrated and the first to fly alone over the Atlantic Ocean Amelia Earhart flying that sad day. With her partner Capt. Noonan on the second of July.
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Her plane fell in the ocean, far away Amen By Jewel. According to the artist I wrote this indirectly for Kurt Cobain, but more precisely for the angst he represented. But even more exactly for the hopelessness so many felt after his death. Where's my golden one? Where's my hope now that my heroes have gone?
Pieces of us die everyday Song is about how the hopes, dreams and ideals of many American people have not been realized. New world, new people. New dreams for all of the children. Young country Back in the summer of ' I met a young girl, her heart was in flames War had changed her whole world. Her daddy died in Vietnam. She lost her husband in Lebanon And she saw hungry people in the streets.
Young mothers who could not eat And it all goes on. Yeah, the dreams go on America By Neil Diamond. Song is about immigration and how our country is seen as a melting pot. On the boats and on the planes. They're coming to America Freedom's light burning warm Everytime that flag's unfurled. America, America By L. About the displacement of Native Americans as the white man slowly took everything they had. You conquered what you called a savage people. Drove them to their knees beneath pointed steeples.
You stripped them of their great and noble spirit A politician or public figure , caught in the act. Then they caught you with the girl next door, people's money piled on the floor, accusations that you try to deny, revelations and rumours begin to fly Reporters crowd around your house. Going through your garbage like a pack of hounds Song was written as an inspiration for our American people to never stop striving for peace and prosperity. Dream on children, dream on. Don't let anybody tell you the dream is gone. As long as there's a God Above. Keep praying we never wake up.
Keep on dreaming the American dream American Heroes By Adam Wyle. A response song to the September 11th tragedy in New York City. What a mistake they have made.