Sketches of Celebrated Canadians: And Persons Connected with Canada, from the Earliest Period in the History of the Province Down to the Present Time

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Hunter, Rose & Company, 1862 - Canada - 779 pages

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Page iv - Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the precious life-blood of a Master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
Page 12 - His zeal for the propagation of religion among the savages was so great, that he used to say, "that the salvation of one soul was of more value than the conquest of an empire ; and that kings ought not to think of extending their authority over idolatrous nations, except for the purpose of subjecting them to Jesus Christ.
Page 178 - Nothing could stop that astonishing infantry. No sudden burst of undisciplined valour, no nervous enthusiasm weakened the stability of their order, their flashing eyes were bent on the dark columns in their front, their measured tread shook the ground, their dreadful volleys swept away the head of every formation, their deafening shouts overpowered the dissonant cries that broke from all parts of the tumultuous crowd, as slowly and with a horrid carnage it was pushed by the incessant vigour of the...
Page 246 - In considering our internal situation, you will, I doubt not, feel a just indignation at the attempts which have been made to take advantage of the distresses of the country, for the purpose of exciting a spirit of sedition and violence.
Page 76 - Saviour, and the time when, and the manner in which it was uttered, gives it a title to pre-eminence. A few hours before his death, in an address to his Father, Christ says, this is eternal life, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
Page 270 - It is absurd to suppose we shall not succeed in our enterprise against the enemy's provinces. We have the Canadas as much under our command as Great Britain has the ocean; and the way to conquer her on the ocean is to drive her from the land. I am not for stopping at Quebec or anywhere else, but I would take the continent from them. I wish never to see a peace till we do.
Page 60 - A third edition was published in 1758. D. 1672, aged 60.—JOHN, a major-general in America, appointed by the king of Great Britain, was, in 1746, lieutenantgovernor of St. JOhn's, Newfoundland. He was afterwards distinguished for his military services. It was thought of the highest importance, in the year 1756, to keep open the communication with Fort Oswego, on lake Ontario. General Shirley accordingly enlisted forty companies of boatmen, and placed them under the command of Bradstreet.
Page 272 - Almighty chastens the hearts and disciplines the virtues of his creatures. His Lordship was eminently exemplary in the discharge of every social and private duty. He was a considerate and indulgent landlord, a kind and gracious master; to the poor a generous benefactor, and of every public improvement a judicious and liberal patron. The latter...
Page 109 - June, 1777, to attend the council of safety at Kingston, and being introduced before them, he was asked whether he considered himself a subject of the Independent States of America? to which he replied, that he did not conceive himself discharged from his oaths of fidelity to the crown of Great Britain...
Page 73 - The Irish rebellion; or, An history of the attempts of the Irish papists to extirpate the protestants in the kingdom of Ireland; together with the. . .cruelties and. . .massacres which ensued thereupon.

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