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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memoir of a narrative received of Colonel John B. Baldwin, of Staunton, touching the Origin of the war. (search)
Lincoln's Government, who should communicate the views of Virginia, and demand those of Mr. Lincoln. [That commission consisted of Wm. B. Preston, Alex. H. H. Stuart and Geo. W. Randolph. We will refer to its history in the sequel.] Meantime Mr. Preston, with other original Union men, were feeling thus: If our voices and votes are to be exerted farther to hold Virginia in the Union, we must know what the nature of that Union is to be. We have valued Union, but we are also Virginians, and we l invade the rights of States and of the people, we would support the Federal Government no farther. And now that the attitude of that Government was so ominous of usurpation, we must know whither it is going, or we can go with it no farther. Mr. Preston especially declared that if he were to become an agent for holding Virginia in the Union to the destruction of her honor, and of the liberty of her people and her sister States, he would rather die than exert that agency. Meantime Mr. Sewar
iscussed cannot be misunderstood. If not hindered, he is sure to help the enemy; much more, if he talks ambiguously — talks for his country with buts, and ifs, and ands. Of how little value the constitutional provisions I have quoted will be rendered, if arrests shall never be made until defined crimes shall have been committed, may be illustrated by a few notable examples. General John C. Breckinridge, General Robert E. Lee, General Joseph E. Johnston, General John B. Magruder, General William B. Preston, General Simon B. Buckner, and Commodore Franklin Buchanan, now occupying the very highest places in the rebel war service, were all within the power of the government since the rebellion began, and were nearly as well known to be traitors then as now. Unquestionably, if we had seized and held them the insurgent cause would be much weaker. But no one of them had then committed any crime defined in the law. Every one of them, if arrested, would have been discharged on habeas corpus
Downs, of Louisiana. Mr. Clark, of Missouri, nominated Andrew H. H. Dawson, of Alabama. Mr. Oldham, of Texas, nominated J. Johnson Hooper, of Alabama. Mr. Preston, of Virginia, nominated Jno. L. Eubank, of Virginia. Mr. Barnwell, of South-Carolina, nominated Jas. H. Nash; of South-Carolina. The first ballot resulted The following was the result of the sixth and last ballot, in detail: For Mr. Nash--Messrs. Barnwell, Baker, Brown, Clark, Haynes, Henry, Hill, Hunter, Orr, Preston, and Simms--11. For Mr. Hooper--Messrs. Davis, Maxwell, Mitchell, Oldham, Peyton, and Sparrow--6. For Mr. Dawson--Messrs. Johnson and Dortch--2. James H.,G. A. Henry, William E. Sims.L. C. Haynes. Louisiana.Texas. Edward Sparrow,Lewis T. Wigfall, T. J. Sommers.W. S. Oldham.* Virginia. R. M. T. Hunter, William B. Preston. House of Representatives.  Alabama. North-Carolina. Dist. Dist.  1.T. J. Foster,1.W. N. H. Smith,* 2.W. R. Smith,2.R. R. Bridgers, 3.J. P. Rawls
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Diplomatic service. (search)
ister Plenipotentiary. Denmark. Mr. Constantin Brun, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Dominican republic. Señor Don Emilio C. Joubert, Charge d'affaires. Ecuador. Senior Don Luis Felipe Carbo, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. France. M. Jules Cambon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Germany. Herr von Holleben, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Great Britain. The Right Honorable Lord Pauncefote, of Preston, G. C.B., G. C.M. G., Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Guatemala. Señor Don Antonio Lazo Arriaga, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Haiti. Mr. J. N. Leger, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Italy. Baron de Fava, Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Japan. Mr. Kogoro Takahira, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. Korea. Mr. Chin Pom Ye, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Government, instrument of. (search)
arnstable, 1; Tiverton, 1; Honiton, 1; Dorsetshire, 6; Dorchester, 1; Weymouth and Melcomb-Regis, 1; Lyme-Regis, 1; Poole, 1; Durham, 2; City of Durham, 1; Essex, 13; Malden, 1; Colchester, 2; Gloucestershire, 5; Gloucester, 2; Tewkesbury, 1; Cirencester, 1; Herefordshire, 4; Hereford, 1; Leominster, 1; Hertfordshire, 5; St. Alban's, 1; Hertford, 1; Huntingdonshire, 3; Huntingdon, 1; Kent, 11; Canterbury, 2; Rochester, 1; Maidstone, 1 ; Dover, 1; Sandwich, 1; Queenborough, 1; Lancashire, 4; Preston, 1; Lancaster, 1; Liverpool, 1; Manchester, 1; Leicestershire, 4; Leicester, 2; Lincolnshire, 10; Lincoln, 2; Boston, 1; Grantham, 1; Stamford, 1; Great Grimsby, 1; Middlesex, 4; London, 6; Westminster, 2; Monmouthshire, 3; Norfolk, 10; Norwich, 2; Lynn-Regis, 2; Great Yarmouth, 2; Northamptonshire, 6; Peterborough, 1; Northampton, 1; Nottinghamshire, 4; Nottingham, 2; Northumberland, 3; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1; Berwick, 1; Oxfordshire, 5; Oxford City, 1; Oxford University, 1; Woodstock, 1;
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hancock, John 1737- (search)
ong tracts of future time; let every parent tell the shameful story to his listening children till tears of pity glisten in their eyes, and boiling passions shake their tender frames; and while the anniversary of that ill-fated night is kept a jubilee in the grim court of pandemonium, let all America join in one common prayer to Heaven, that the inhuman, unprovoked murders of March 5, 1770, planned by Hillsborough and a knot of treacherous knaves in Boston, and executed by the cruel hand of Preston and his sanguinary coadjutors, may ever stand in history without a parallel. But what, my countrymen, withheld the ready arm of vengeance from executing instant justice on the vile assassins? Perhaps you feared promiscuous carnage might ensue, and that the innocent might share the fate of those who had performed the infernal deed. But were not all guilty? Were you not too tender of the lives of those who come to fix a yoke on your necks? But I must not too severely blame a fault, which
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Paine, Robert treat 1731-1814 (search)
Paine, Robert treat 1731-1814 A signer of the Declaration of Independence; born in Boston, March 11, 1731; graduated at Harvard University in 1749; taught school to help support his parents, and also made a voyage to Europe. He studied theology, and in 1758 was chaplain of provincial troops. Then he studied law, and practised it in Taunton successfully for many years. He was the prosecuting attorney in the case of Captain Preston and his men after the Boston massacre. A delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774, he was sent to the Continental Congress the same year, where he served until 1778. On the organization of the State of Massachusetts, he was made attorney-general, he having been one of the committee who drafted the constitution of that commonwealth. Mr. Paine settled in Boston in 1780, and was judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court from 1790 to 1804. He died in Boston, May 11, 1814.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Pauncefote, Lord Julian of Preston 1828- (search)
Pauncefote, Lord Julian of Preston 1828- Diplomatist; born in Preston Court, England, in 1828; was called to the bar in 1852; appointed attorney-general of Hong-Kong in 1865; acting chief-justice of the Supreme Court in 1869-72; became permanent foreign under secretary in 1882; minister to the United States in 1889; and ambassador in 1893. He represented Great Britain at the Suez Canal conference in 1885, and at the peace conference at The Hague in 1899, and in the latter year was created first Lord Pauncefote. Since his official residence in the United States he has been connected with the several diplomatic questions between the two countries, and so won the esteem of the United States government that his term of office was extended at its request. pauperism in the United States
omplished it was too late to send this force to Hardee's support, who was unable to make further progress, and he was directed to maintain his position. Polk was directed with these reinforcements to throw all the force he could collect upon the enemy's extreme left, and thereby either carry that strong point which had so far resisted us so successfully-or failing in that, at least to draw off from Hardee's front the formidable opposition there concentrated. The three brigades of Jackson, Preston, and Adams were successively reported for their work. Upon this flank, his strongest defensive position resting on the river-bank, the enemy had concentrated not less than twenty pieces of artillery, masked almost from view, but covering an open space in front of several hundred yards, supported right and left and rear by heavy masses of infantry. A terrible trial awaited the devoted men who were to attack this position. As they pressed up to the edge of the cedar forest, and swarmed o
the Confederate right seemed to be almost as great as that of the enemy upon his right. He therefore concluded to hold Preston's division for the time, and urge on to renewed efforts the brave men who had already been engaged many hours. The enemt with this position gained Longstreet would be complete master of the field. He therefore ordered Gen. Buckner to move Preston forward. Before this, however, Gen. Buckner had established a battery of twelve guns, raking down the enemy's line whic, of his corps, was also ordered to move against any such force in flank. The combination was well-timed and arranged. Preston dashed gallantly at the hill. Stewart flanked a reinforcing column, and captured a large portion of it. At the same timf the battery struck such terrour into a heavy force close under it, that there were taken a large number of prisoners. Preston's assault, though not a complete success at the onset, taken in connection with the other operations, crippled the enemy
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