A Memoir of Benjamin Robbins Curtis, LL. D.: Memoir

Benjamin Robbins Curtis
Little, Brown, 1879

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Página 449 - The days of our age are threescore years and ten ; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years, yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow ; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
Página 269 - ... to name and settle annually, or provide by fixed laws, for the naming and settling all civil officers within the said Commonwealth, the election and constitution of whom are not hereafter in this Form of Government otherwise provided for...
Página 132 - ... inconsistency and perfidiousness in his conduct ? It was but the other day, that we were shedding our blood to obtain the constitutions under which we now live ; constitutions of our own choice and making ; and now we are unsheathing the sword to overturn them. The thing is so unaccountable, that I hardly know how to realize it, or to persuade myself, that I am not under the illusion of a dream.
Página 232 - The judgment of this court is, that the case is to be dismissed for want of jurisdiction, because the plaintiff was not a citizen of Missouri, as he alleged in his declaration. Into that judgment, according to the settled course of this court, nothing appearing after a plea to the merits can enter. A great question of constitutional law, deeply affecting the peace and welfare of the country, is not, in my opinion, a fit subject to be thus reached.
Página 460 - In. such a case my duty was too plain to be mistaken. I have exercised all the power which the Constitution and laws confer upon me, but that power has been resisted by a force too strong for me to overcome.
Página 386 - And I do further proclaim, declare, and make known that any provision which may be adopted by such State government in relation to the freed people of such State, which shall recognize and declare their permanent freedom, provide for their education, and which may yet...
Página 199 - Emerson took the plaintiff from the State of Missouri to the military post at Rock Island in the State of Illinois, and held him there as a slave until the month of April or May, 1836. At the time last mentioned, said Dr.
Página 35 - Like Sentinel and Nun, they keep Their vigil on the green ; One seems to guard, and one to weep, The dead that lie between...
Página 82 - His great mental characteristic is clearness; and the power of clear statement is the great power at the bar.
Página 423 - State, and which shall be sold by Congress from and after the first day of January...