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

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I had always been under the impression until I saw his statue in Richmond, that he had a long, sharp face. This statue represents him with a broad forehead, and a full, round face. His life has been written by two of the most distinguished orators of America, William Wirt and Alexander H. Everett.

Mr. Jefferson said Patrick Henry was the greatest orator the world had ever produced. It is a little remarkable that Henry, Demosthenes and Cicero were all in their twenty-seventh year, when they first distinguished themselves as great orators. It would seem from this that eloquence of the highest order was slow in developing itself. Henry Clay, the great modern orator of the West, and Patrick Henry, were both born in the same county of Virginia, and almost in the same neighborhood, "the Slashes." It is time for Hanover to produce another great orator. Perhaps she will in another half century. There is no end to the productiveness of Virginia in great men. Illustrious are the names of her sons, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, William H. Crawford, Henry Clay, General Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Chief Justice Marshall, and hundreds of others.

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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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