Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: 1881-1893

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Ohio State Archæological and Historical Society, 1925

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Page 490 - WHENE'ER a noble deed is wrought, Whene'er is spoken a noble thought, Our hearts, in glad surprise, To higher levels rise. The tidal wave of deeper souls Into our inmost being rolls, And lifts us unawares Out of all meaner cares.
Page 93 - NOVEMBER'S sky is chill and drear, November's leaf is red and sear : Late gazing down the steepy linn, That hems our little garden in, Low in its dark and narrow glen, You scarce the rivulet might ken, So thick the tangled greenwood grew, So feeble...
Page 136 - Col. Hayes was detached from his regiment, after his recovery, to act as Brigadier-General, and placed in command of the celebrated Kanawha division, and for gallant and meritorious services in the battles of Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, he was promoted Brigadier-General. He was also brevetted Major-General, "for gallant and distinguished services during the campaigns of 1864, in West Virginia.
Page 551 - Lincoln was for a government of the people. The new tendency is "a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich," The man who sees this and is opposed to it, I call a "nihilist.
Page 286 - Hayes, who succeeded me as president of the United States, bore a very honorable part. His conduct on the field was marked by conspicuous gallantry, as well as the display of qualities of a higher order than that of mere personal daring.
Page 306 - The standard of value should not "be changed without the consent of both parties to the contract. National promises should be kept with unflinching fidelity. There is no power to compel a nation to pay its just debts. Its credit depends on its honor. The nation owes what it has led or allowed its creditors to expect. I cannot approve a bill which, in my judgment, authorizes the violation of sacred obligations.
Page 146 - Besides, his record as a partisan places him in opposition to large elements of the party. The Stalwart element, the Grant men of 1880, do not like him, and the independent men oppose him. He is therefore not the most available man and not the best man named for the office. Either Edmunds, Lincoln, or Sherman would be a better President and a better candidate. He does not belong to the class of leaders of whom Hamilton, Jefferson, Clay, Calhoun, Seward, Lincoln, and Webster are types. He is of the...
Page 435 - I do not find a ready word for the doctrine of true equality of rights. Its foes call it nihilism, communism, socialism, and the like. Howells would perhaps call it justice. It is the doctrine of the Declaration of Independence, and of the Sermon on the Mount. But what is a proper and favorable word or phrase to designate it?
Page 462 - ... his mind and hand went together; and what he thought, he uttered with that easiness, that we have scarce received from him a blot in his...
Page 365 - But there is one way of attaining what we may term, if not utter, at least mortal happiness ; it is this — a sincere and unrelaxing activity for the happiness of others.