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

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COLONEL BENJAMIN CLEVELAND.

There is an instinct of human nature which prompts us to commemorate the virtues and heroic achievements of the illustrious dead. We delight to honor the memory and sketch the lives and erect monuments to the heroes and patriots who have achieved honor and glory for their country. Such a feeling is not only praise- worthy and commendable in itself, but it inspires the young and future generations with a laudable ambition of emulating the example of their ancestors; it teaches them to love virtue and patriotism, honor and distinction.

In all civilized nations, from the remotest antiquity, it has been their custom to celebrate on public occasions the hallowed deeds of the great and good. The polished, intellectual and æsthetic-loving Greeks were eminent in their exertions to perpetuate the remembrance of the noble deeds of their great men, their great heroes, statesmen and patriots. Hence their eloquent and thrilling funeral orations, their magnificent monuments, their exquisite statues and their beautiful paintings. A modern historian has said that "a Grecian knew that if he perished in achieving any heroic deeds his country would honor his ashes and watch over his memory; that his glory, heightened by matchless masters of eloquence, would flash like lightning from the heavens; that lovely bosoms would beat high at his name; that hands the fairest in Greece would yearly wreathe his tomb with garlands, and that tears would be shed forever on the spot by the brave." The warlike Romans, full of virtue, honor and patriotism, tried to emulate the Grecians in this respect by honoring and glorifying their ancestors. We discover the same national trait dis

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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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