agreed with mr Moore that he shall level 250 f. square on the top of the mountain at the N E end by Christmas, for which I am to give 180 bushels of wheat, and 24 bushels of corn, ... if there should be any solid rock to dig we will leave to indifferent men to settle that part between us
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Decoration of paper machee for a ceiling 14 f. 4 I. sq. divided into 6 + 2 compartments, and resembling as much as may be Gibbs’ rules for drawg pl. 58. upper figure, & Palladio B. 4. Pl. 26. fig. C.D.F.
four good fellows, a lad & two girls of abt 16. each in 8 ½ hours dug in my cellar of mountain clay a place 3.f. deep, 8 f. wide & 16 ½ f. long = 142/3 cubical yds. ... in digging my dry well, at the depth of 14 f. I observed one digger, one filler, one drawer … it was a yellow rotten...
Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the author of nature, because necessary for his own...
a lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics and divinity that ever were written.
the glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
the whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
the god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time
America was conquered, and her settlements made and firmly established, at the expence of individuals, and not of the British public. their own blood was spilt in acquiring lands for their settlement, their own fortunes expended in making that settlement effectual. for themselves they fought, for...
can any one reason be assigned why 160,000 electors in the island of Great Britain should give law to four millions in the states of America
it is neither our wish nor our interest to separate from her.
this, Sire, is our last, our determined resolution ... to procure redress of these our great grievances, to quiet the minds of your subjects in British America against any apprehensions of future incroachment, to establish fraternal love and harmony thro’ the whole empire
our attachment to no nation on earth should supplant our attachment to liberty.
I am sorry the situation of our country should render it not eligible to you to remain longer in it. I hope the returning wisdom of Gr. Br. will e’er long put an end to this unnatural contest.
I am sincerely one of those, & would rather be in dependance on Gr. Br. properly limited than on any nation upon earth, or than on no nation. but I am one of those too who rather than submit to the right of legislating for us assumed by the British parl. & which late experience has shewn...
my first wish is a restoration of our just rights
beleive me Dear Sir there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a Union with Gr. Britain than I do.
From Jefferson’s First Draft no freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. From Jefferson’s Second Draft No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or tenements]. From Jefferson’s Third Draft No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or...
Congress proceeded the same day to consider the declaration of Independance which had been reported & laid on the table the Friday preceding and on Monday referred to a commee of the whole. the pusillanimous idea that we had friends in England worth keeping terms with, still haunted the minds...
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a people to advance from that subordination in which they have hitherto remained, & to assume among the powers of the earth the equal & independant station. ... We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are...
If there is a gratification which I envy any people in this world it is to your country it’s music. this is the favorite passion of my soul, & fortune has cast my lot in a country where it is in a state of deplorable barbarism.
when I shall be again be permitted to withdraw to that scene of quiet of retirement abstracted from which I know no happiness in this world.
The General assembly shall not have power ... to permit the introduction of any more slaves to reside in this state, or the continuance of slavery beyond the generation which shall be living on the 31st. day of December 1800; all persons born after that day being hereby declared free.
the heaviest weights of our animals ... from the mouse to the mammoth
life is of no value but as it brings gratifications. among the most valuable of these is rational society. it informs the mind, sweetens the temper, chears our spirits, and promotes health.