I take the official oath today with no mental reservations, and with no purpose
to construe the Constitution or laws by any hypercritical rules.
In either case, the EXECUTION of the business, which alone requires the knowledge of local details, must be devolved upon discreet persons in the character of commissioners or assessors, elected by the people or appointed by the government for the purpose
With what propriety, therefore, or for what good purposes
, are attempts at this particular period made by some men to depreciate the importance of the Union?
They were to frame a NATIONAL GOVERNMENT, adequate to the EXIGENCIES OF GOVERNMENT, and OF THE UNION; and to reduce the articles of Confederation into such form as to accomplish these purposes
Hence it is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for purposes
of spying and thereby they achieve great results.
I have understood," said I, "that efforts have been made for that purpose
from time immemorial.
Now if in this particular science any one would attend to its original seeds, and their first shoot, he would then as in others have the subject perfectly before him; and perceive, in the first place, that it is requisite that those should be joined together whose species cannot exist without each other, as the male and the female, for the business of propagation; and this not through choice, but by that natural impulse which acts both upon plants and animals also, for the purpose
of their leaving behind them others like themselves.
He knew that the people in the North who gave money gave it for the purpose
of helping the whole cause of Negro civilization, and not merely for the advancement of any one school.
Only by renouncing our claim to discern a purpose
immediately intelligible to us, and admitting the ultimate purpose
to be beyond our ken, may we discern the sequence of experiences in the lives of historic characters and perceive the cause of the effect they produce (incommensurable with ordinary human capabilities), and then the words chance and genius become superfluous.
Seeing how important an organ of locomotion the tail is in most aquatic animals, its general presence and use for many purposes
in so many land animals, which in their lungs or modified swim-bladders betray their aquatic origin, may perhaps be thus accounted for.
For these purposes
I have employed all the wit and humour of which I am master in the following history; wherein I have endeavoured to laugh mankind out of their favourite follies and vices.
I believe these definitions to be adequate also to human purposes
and desires, but for the present I am only occupied with animals and with what can be learnt by external observation.