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

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AN ADDRESS

Delivered at the Celebration of the Fifty-fourth Anniversary of the BATTLE OF THE COWPENS, on the Battle-Ground, in Spartanburgh District, South Carolina, January 17, 1835.

FELLOW-CITIZENS:--We have met on a most solemn and interesting occasion--one calculated, beyond all others, to inspire our bosoms with an ardent love of country, a devout reverence for the deeds of our ancestors, and with feelings of deep and overwhelming gratitude to God. We have assembled for the purpose of commemorating a VALOROUS ACHIEVEMENT of American arms, in defence of LIBERTY and the sufferings of a BLEEDING COUNTRY. We have met too on the very plain--now consecrated as the FIELD of BATTLE and of VICTORY--enriched with the blood of our COUNTRYMEN, and bleaching with the bones of their ENEMIES. Yes, fellow-citizens, it was on this glorious and sacred

spot, fifty-four years since to-day, as the morning's sun rose fair and brilliant over the heights of King's Mountain--recently immortalized with victory--that a gallant detachment of the American army here unfurled the STAR-SPANGLED BANNER of their country, and nobly resolved to die or conquer under its inspiring and protecting ÆGIS. No sooner was the STANDARD of LIBERTY hoisted to the morning breeze, and her Flag seen to waive aloft in proud defiance of the opposing foe, than the hearts and drooping spirit of the soldiery became nerved at the sight, and they cheerfully rushed on to the combat. Quickly the silent stillness of this

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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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