Retrospections of an Active Life Volume 4; 1867-1871

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ... These are hardly on speaking terms with the Past who has abandoned them or rather been abandoned by them. If, however, the opportunities of my children were satisfactory I should probably remain here; but they are quite the reverse, and such as they are, runiously expensive. Of public affairs I can teach ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ... These are hardly on speaking terms with the Past who has abandoned them or rather been abandoned by them. If, however, the opportunities of my children were satisfactory I should probably remain here; but they are quite the reverse, and such as they are, runiously expensive. Of public affairs I can teach you little. Grant has disappointed his friends exceedingly, and the public is settling down with the conviction which has passed into a proverb in France--Vieux soldat vieitte bete. He seems to have no comprehension of the nature of political forces. His Cabinet are merely staff officers, GRANT AS PRESIDENT 285 'My paper on Berryer. selected apparently out of motives of gratitude or for pecuniary favors received from them. His relatives and old friends were among the first provided for, though the public had not been prepared to see any other motives (they doubtless exist) than a desire to provide for his own household, for this preference. No President before was ever "got in the family way" so soon after inauguration. By his secretiveness in regard to his choice of a cabinet and by his taking men unknown to his party or to any party, he wounded the pride of Congress incurably. He not only did not consult a member of either House but he did not in his first programme take a member of either branch, nor a man whom any member of either branch would have taken. This was a greater indignity than Johnson ever was accused of perpetrating upon Congress, and the consequence was that Grant within a month after his inauguration has been obliged to supplicate Congress in vain, & is more completely powerless than Johnson was at the end of two years of his reign. He seems to lack tact; has too much confidence in himself; and with the best intentions no d...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150782442
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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