Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Statesmen, with Speeches, Addresses and Letters

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JOHN JAY.

Ramsay, in his "History of South Carolina," says John Jay was the boast and pride of New York. Well may such a patriot, statesman, jurist, and diplomatist have been the pride and boast of any State or nation. In the course of only twenty-seven years he filled with eminent ability a seat in the Continental Congress, a seat in the New York Convention, the Chief Justiceship of the State, the Presidency of Congress, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Minister at the Spanish Court, Plenipotentiary with Franklin, Adams, and Laurens to treat with Great Britain for the independence of the United States, Chief Justiceship of the United States, Special Embassador to England, and the Governorship of New York. He was a writer of great ability, and the author of several of the best addresses issued by the Continental Congress. But more than all this, he had neither ambition nor the love of distinction. The invaluable services rendered his country in all these varied public stations were rendered from a sense of duty; and when a high sense of duty did not demand his services, he declined all offices, and spent thirty years of the latter part of his, life as a private gentleman. The people of New York tendered him again the office of Governor, which he rejected, as duty no longer required him, in his opinion, to accept it. He declined the office of Chief Justice of the United States for the same reason when nominated a second time by President Adams. What a noble, disinterested patriot he was! No position was too humble for him when his country demanded his services in that position; and no office was exalted enough to tempt him from private life when duty did not require him to

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Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Statesmen, with Speeches, Addresses and Letters
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • P R E F a C E. v
  • Introduction vii
  • An Outline Of Governor Perry's Life. 1
  • Editorial Comments. 13
  • Action of The House of Representatives Of South Carolina. 19
  • Proceedings Of The Greenville Bar. 27
  • Proceedings in The Court of Common Pleas. Greenville, April 6th, 1887. 37
  • Fourth of July Oration. 47
  • An Address 65
  • Address - Delivered Before the Literary Societies of Erskine College, Abbeville District, S. C., on the Fifth Anniversary, Sept. 18, 1844 85
  • Speech 111
  • Speech of B. F. Perry, Of South Carolina. 145
  • Address - To the Democracy of the Fifth Congressional District in South Carolina, May 28, 1860. 153
  • Disunion. 171
  • The National Democratic Convention in Charleston, 1860. 186
  • United States Senator. 190
  • National Restoration. 191
  • Editorials - Approving of the Nomination of Governor Perry for Congress. 204
  • The Ancients and the Moderns. - A Comparison 217
  • Sketches Of Eminent American Statemen. 243
  • John Adams. 248
  • John Rutledge. 254
  • William H. 270
  • Patrick Henry. 279
  • Alexander Hamilton. 289
  • Benjamin Franklin. 308
  • William Pinkney. 329
  • Thomas Jefferson. 339
  • James Madison. 350
  • John Randolph. 382
  • John Jay. 393
  • Oliver Ellsworth. 403
  • William Smith. 410
  • Henry Laurens. 420
  • Gouverneur Morris. 428
  • William Henry Drayton. 441
  • Charles Pickney. 447
  • Arthur Middleton. 454
  • Pierce Butler. 459
  • Theophilus Parsons. 478
  • David Ramsay. 496
  • Fisher Ames. 518
  • Felix Grundy. 546
  • Edward Livingston. 555
  • Wade Hampton. 564
  • Thomas Sumter. 570
  • Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. 577
  • Colonel Benjamin Roebuck. 592
  • Letter from Dr. F. Peyre Porcher. 599
  • Letter from James P. Adams. 600
  • Letter from Col. Joseph N. Brown, an Ex-Confederate Colonel. 601
  • Extract from a Letter Written by a Gentle Man in Charleston to Gov. Perry. 602
  • Monument to Governor Perry. 608
  • Index. 611
  • Errata. 613
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