Memoirs of General Miller: In the Service of the Republic of Peru, Volumen 2

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1829
 

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Página 467 - A republican government has been, is, and ought to be, that of Venezuela ; its basis ought to be the sovereignty of the people, the division of power, civil liberty, the prohibition of slavery, and the abolition of monarchy and privileges.
Página 474 - ... one another are the significant advantages that work in favor of royal authority, thereby rendering it almost unlimited. Consequently, the significance of these same advantages should serve to justify the necessity of investing the chief magistrate of a republic with a greater measure of authority than that possessed by a constitutional prince. A republican magistrate is an individual set apart from society, charged with checking the impulse of the people toward license and the propensity of...
Página 492 - Almighty has no attribute which can take sides with us, in such a contest." (A contest with insurgent slaves.) — Jefferson. "Slavery is the infringement of all laws — a law having a. tendency to preserve slavery, would be the grossest sacrilege.
Página 493 - Legislators ! I shall make mention of an article, which in my conscience I ought to have omitted. No religious creed or profession should be prescribed in a political constitution...
Página 480 - I will not notice the most momentous acts of my command, although they concern most of my countrymen, and will call your attention only to the last memorable revolution. Horrid, atrocious, and impious slavery, covered with her sable mantle the land of Venezuela, and our atmosphere lowered with the dark gloomy clouds of the tempest, threatening a fiery deluge. I implored the protection of the God of nature, and at his almighty word the storm was dispelled. The daystar of liberty rose, slavery broke...
Página 147 - Depots of provisions and forage were secreted in mountain caverns, formed by the galleries of exhausted miners. Some of these depots were established within the line of country nominally possessed by the Royalists. That near Pachia, and on the same bank of the Rio Grande, was only eight leagues from Tarma. The entrance of the cave was in the perpendicular side of a cliff fifty or sixty feet from the ground, and as many from the top. The only way to get up was by the assistance of a rope fixed in...
Página 467 - The most perfect system of government is that which produces the greatest degree of happiness, of social security, and political stability. By the laws dictated by the first Congress, we have reason to hope that felicity will be the portion of Venezuela ; and from you we may flatter ourselves, that security and stability will render that felicity perpetual. To you it belongs to resolve the...
Página 469 - I refer solely to the democratical part of it ; and in truth it may be denominated a monarchy in system, in which is acknowledged the sovereignty of the people, the division and equilibrium of power, civil freedom, liberty of conscience, and of the press, and every thing that is sublime in politics. A greater degree of liberty cannot be enjoyed in any kind of republic, and it may indeed claim a higher rank in social order. I recommend that constitution as the best model to those who aspire to the...
Página 199 - Valdez placed himself on the left of the patriots at musket-shot distance, separated by a ravine. At the important moment of the battle, just described, he opened a heavy fire from four field-pieces and a battalion in extended files. By this, he obliged two battalions of the Peruvian division La Mar to fall back. The Colombian battalion Bargas, sent to support the Peruvian division, also began to give way. Two royalist battalions crossed the deep ravine, already spoken of, on the left, and advanced...

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