The History of Don Francisco de Miranda's Attempt to Effect a Revolution in South America: In a Series of Letters. To which are Annexed, Sketches of the Life of Miranda, and Geographical Notices of Caraccas

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E. Oliver, 1811 - Venezuela - 312 pages

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Page 120 - The innocent indians and all other nten will consider us all as brother citizens, and that precedency belongs only to merit and virtue ; in which belief they will primarily obtain, most certainly military and civil recompenses, the reward of merit alone. If the Dutch and Portuguese were able in former times, to throw off the yoke of Spanish oppression ; if the Swiss, and North Americans, our neighbours, have equally succeeded to establish their liberty and independence, with the general applause...
Page 285 - Men famed as statesmen, heroes, patriots, conquerors and tyrants, priests and scholars he produced, and weighed their merits and defects. Modern history and biography afforded him abundant topicks. He impressed an opinion of his comprehensive views, his inexhaustible fund of learning ; his probity, his generosity and patriotism. After all, this man of renown, I fear, must be considered as having more learning than wisdom ; more theoretical knowledge than practical talent ; too sanguine and too opinionated...
Page 282 - His eyes are hazel-coloured, but not of the darkest hue. They are piercing, quick, and intelligent, expressing more of the severe than the mild feelings. He has good teeth, which he takes much care to keep clean. His nose is large and handsome, rather of the English than Roman cast. His chest is broad and flat.
Page 287 - Every -one is ambitious," says Dr. Sans, as quoted by Depons, " of becoming a lawyer, a priest or a monk. Those whose pretensions are not so great wish to be notaries, scriveners or clerks." A military rank is an object of rivalry. A sword is their dear companion. Decency, in their opinion, debars them from agricultural pursuits and enjoins them to treat the mechanical arts with sovereign contempt. They are charged with an extravagant passion for distinction...
Page 274 - He was educated like other young men of the better families in Caraccas, at the schools and university of that city. He never mentioned his teachers, nor his school." He said that he learned Greek after he was forty. Depons observes, that at present, the Spanish youth, sensible of the insufficiency of their education, apply with avidity to the reading of foreign books. It is said Miranda began his travels in the provinces, in early manhood. He entered the army, and was Captain in the regular troops...
Page 246 - ... with the mighty hope of delivering a nation. The district attorney, in his opening address to you, did not permit himself to adopt those calumnies in their entire extent — he. is incapable of doing so for his sentiments arc liberal, and his manners mild.
Page 39 - I, AB, do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever; and observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States...
Page 284 - He is a courtier and gentleman in his manners. Dignity and grace preside in his movements. Unless when angry, he has a great command of his feelings, and can assume what looks and tones he pleases. In general his demeanor is marked by hauteur and distance.

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