Memoir of the Hon. Josiah Gardner Abbott ...: Read Before the Old Residents' Historical Association of the City of Lowell, November 24, 1891 ... with the Proceedings of the Bar on the Occasion of Judge Abbott's Death, and His Draft of an Address for the Minority of the Electoral Commission of 1877, to the People of the United States

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Little, Brown & Company, 1892 - 92 pages
 

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Page 50 - But now my task is smoothly done, I can fly, or I can run Quickly to the green earth's end, Where the bow'd welkin slow doth bend ; And from thence can soar as soon To the corners of the moon. Mortals, that would follow me, Love Virtue, she alone is free : She can teach...
Page 67 - ... the truest lover, of a sinful man, that ever loved woman; and thou wert the kindest man that ever struck with sword. And thou wert the goodliest person that ever came among press of knights. And thou wert the meekest man, and the gentlest, that ever ate in hall among ladies. And thou wert the sternest knight to thy mortal foe that ever put spear in the rest.
Page 52 - He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty obliges us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
Page 62 - A life in civic action warm, A soul on highest mission sent, A potent voice of Parliament, A pillar steadfast in the storm...
Page 87 - In South Carolina the undersigned voted against the Tilden electors being declared elected, because they had not received a majority of the votes of the people. In that case it was offered to be proved, in substance, that United States troops in large numbers were sent to the State before the election, for the purpose of influencing and controlling the votes to be given thereat, by interfering with and overawing the people, and that the militia of the State was used for the same purpose ; that the...
Page 84 - Republican party- in order to perpetrate the frauds with ease and impunity, employed five disreputable persons as clerks and assistants, all of whom had been convicted, or were under indictment, for various offences, ranging from subornation of perjury up to murder. Indictment, at least, if not conviction, seemed the only admitted qualification of employment by that extraordinary board. It was offered to be proved, and was not denied, that this board, in order to give the certificate of election...
Page 8 - Lowell began in the latter part of 1834, when it had a population, I believe, of about twelve thousand. I think all who lived there at that time and for the next twenty years, will agree with me, in saying that no city of its size, ever contained a more remarkable people, or a pleasanter or more cultivated city. I doubt if any place of as large a population, ever had within its borders a larger number of very able men, who would be marked and remarkable in any community.
Page 83 - It gives absolute power to two inferior ministerial officers to withhold their determination till the day when the electoral vote is cast, as was done in this case, and then give the vote of a State to a candidate who has never received it, as was done in this case, and tells the people there is no redress for such an outrage. It is a decision admirably calculated to encourage fraud, and ensure its being perpetrated with success and impunity. It is a decision by which the people of a State may be...
Page 85 - ... steeped in sin and iniquity, it must make the chief magistrate of a great, free, and intelligent people. The undersigned protest against this decision, also, as bad in law, worse in morals, and absolutely ruinous in its consequences. They denounce it in the presence of the people of the United States, and in the face of the world, because, if intended and designed for such a purpose, it could not have been more cunningly contrived than it is to encourage the grossest frauds, conspiracies, and...
Page 82 - ... submitted to and decided upon by the commission. FLORIDA. In the case of Florida there were three certificates. The first) signed by the governor, certified that the four Hayes electors were elected according to the law of Florida and the acts of Congress. The second was signed by the...

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