Life of Edward Livingston

Life of Edward Livingston

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Life of Edward Livingston

Life of Edward Livingston

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The domestic virtues, the sweetness of temper, the charm of untroubled cheerfulness combined with high ability and culture, endeared Edward LivingH+00AD ston to his family and private friends; for the counH+00AD try his life derives its interest from his intimate relaH+00AD tion to the great epochs of its recent history.

Descended from families which at an early period came over from Scotland and from Holland, he had from childhood, in the conduct of his father, an exH+00AD ample of a wise and deliberate support of liberty against the aggressions of authority, at a time when America held her liberties as colonies, and had to defend them against the king and the parliament of Great Britain.

As he was just passing out of the years of boyhood, the great event that instilled into his mind and afH+00AD fections the principles which he was to follow for life was the American Declaration of Independence; and this he took to heart with a peculiar interest, as his eldest brother, the guide of his early life, was one of the five to whom the framing of that instrument was intrusted.

The country was found to languish in the proseH+00AD cution of the war, from a want of executive unity . . .

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