Fisher Ames Works of Fisher Ames

ISBN 13: 9780217661409

Works of Fisher Ames

9780217661409: Works of Fisher Ames

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1809. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE DANGERS OF AMERICAN LIBERTY. WRITTEN IN THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 1805. Horn first fwblished. IN February 1805, the following sketeh of a dissertation on tt The Dangers of American Liberty," accompanied w ith a short familiar letter*, was sent by Mr. Ames to a friend for his perusal It was soon returncd, for the purposes expressed in the author's letter, w ith a hope that he would re-conskler, revise, and complete it; and especially that he would Fulfil his original design of applying his argument in a manncr, that would lead the people to preserve as long as possible the civil blessings they enjoy, and not sacrifice them to delusive theories. It does not appear, that the author ever resumed his subject, or that the manuscript was opencd after that period, until since his death. Yet it is thought not improper to gratify the publick with a work, which, though quite imperfect, would, if it hud been finished, Imve been found decply interesting to its welfare. Sir tilii persuade, me dies et noctes nihil atiud agcre, nihil curare, nisi ut nm cives salvi libert tjue sint. Ep. Famil- I. 24. Be assured, therefore, that neither day nor night have I any cares, any labours, fait for the safety and freedom of my feilow citizens. I AM not positive, that it is of any immediate use to our country, that its true friends should better understand one another; nor am I apprehensive, that the crudities, which my ever hasty pen confides to my friends, will essentially mislead their opinion in respect either to myself or to publick affairs. At a time when men eminently wise cherish almost any hopes, however vain, because they choose to be blind to their fears, it would be neither extraordinary nor disreputable for me to mistake the degree of maturity, to which our political vices...

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