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

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Lewis and Robert Hunter, were distinguished. The one was Judge of Vice-Admiralty for New York, and the other Chief Justice of New Jersey, and Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania.

Lewis, the Judge of Vice-Admiralty, was the father of Gouverneur Morris, the subject of this sketch. He had four sons and four daughters. All of his sons were distinguished. His eldest, Lewis, was a signer of the Declaration of American Independence. Stoats Lang Morris, the second son, was an officer of the British army, a member of the British Parliament, and married the Duchess of Gordon. Richard, the third son, was Chief Justice of New York. Gouverneur Morris, the fourth son, was by a second marriage, which marriage displeased very much the family, and especially the elder sons. Here again we are not told who the mother of Gouverneur Morris was. The reader always wishes to know who the mother of a great man was. But she was left ample means by her husband, and applied herself most diligently to the management of her affairs and the education of her son. In his will the father directs that his son, Gouverneur Morris, "may have the best education that is to be had in England or America."

The father of Gouverneur Morris must have been an eccentric man, from an extract of his will given in Smith's History of New Jersey. He says in his will, "My desire is that nothing be mentioned about me, not so much as a line in a newspaper to tell the world I am dead." It seems that his father, the Governor of New Jersey, and grandfather of Gouverneur Morris, was also eccentric and whimsical in his will. In this last solemn document he says: "I forbid any rings or scarfs to be given at my funeral, or any man to be paid for preaching a funeral sermon over me. Those who survive me will commend or blame my conduct in life as they think fit, and I am not for paying any man for doing either; but if any man, whether churchman or dissenter, in or

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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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