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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Phillips, Wendell 1811-1884 (search)
for the extension and perpetuation of slavery. As the world advances, fresh guarantees are demanded. The nineteenth century requires sterner gags than the eighteenth. Often as the peace of Virginia is in danger, you must be willing that a Virginian Mason shall drag your citizens to Washington, and imprison them at his pleasure. So long as Carolina needs it, you must submit that your ships be searched for dangerous passengers, and every Northern man lynched. No more Kansas rebellions. It iis success. It is not for us to give counsel to the government on points of diplomatic propriety, but I suppose we may express our opinions, and my opinion is, that, if I were the President of these thirty-four States, while I was, I should want Mason and Slidell to stay with me. I say, then, first, as a matter of justice to the slave, we owe it to him; the day of his deliverance has come. The long promise of seventy years is to be fulfilled. The South draws back from the pledge. The North
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pike, Albert 1809-1891 (search)
Pike, Albert 1809-1891 Lawyer; born in Boston, Mass., Dec. 29, 1809. At the age of sixteen years he entered Harvard College, but, unable to support himself there, he taught school at Newburyport and Fairhaven, and in 1831 travelled (mostly on foot) to St. Louis, where he joined an expedition to New Mexico, acting as merchant's clerk and peddler in Santa Fe. Roving with trappers awhile, he became editor and proprietor of a newspaper in Arkansas in 1834, and in 1836 was admitted to the bar. He was an advocate for State supremacy; served in the war against Mexico in command of Arkansas cavalry; and in the Civil War he organized and led a body of Cherokee Indians in the battle of Pea Ridge (q. v.). After the war he edited the Memphis Appeal for a while. A collection of his poems was printed in Philadelphia, in 1854. He was a Free Mason of high degree. He died in Washington, D. C., April 2, 1891.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Portsmouth, (search)
Portsmouth, The present county seat of Rockingham county, N. H., with a population (1900) of 9,827; was founded at Strawberry Bank, at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, by Mason, who tried to be lord of the manor ; but his people were too independent to allow special privileges to any one. An Episcopalian named Gibson was the first minister at Portsmouth, for whom a chapel was built in 1638. He was dismissed by the General Court of Massachusetts, which claimed jurisdiction over that region, and a Puritan minister—James Parker—was put in his pl