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1858 Excerpt: ...The heat was as great on the 8th of October there
as I ever felt; but the air was so clear, it did not feel the least
oppressive. I gazed again and again upon that noble and beautiful
river, so very fine and so very romantic, which, with noble
simplicity, he loved above the glitter and the glory of the
position he descended from, in order to live and die in the peace
of a true Christian on its banks. I liked the sail down the Potomac
for fifteen miles to his residence, Mount Vernon, better than the
Hudson; how much the day and the recollections had to do with the
enjoyment I cannot tell. We had twenty minutes to stop and see the
fortress of Mount Washington, on the Maryland side of the river,
opposite Mount Vernon, which is on the Virginia side; the fortress
is a very strong one, and the views exquisite, up and down the
river, and into the estuary around the fortifications, which makes
it almost an island. The guns, &c, were allbright and clean,
and all in good order. The passengers saw not a human being till we
were just leaving, when one old man, who has sole charge there,
appeared. I was charmed with the want of fortifications, and
soldiers, and preparations of defence everywhere. They are the
proof of the security of a Government based upon the good will of a
free people, and exercised for the common good of all; and they are
the expression of the national confidence, that the true citadels,
and the most'glorious fortifications, are to be found in the
patriotism and the virtue of a people who are all soldiers; yes,
and soldiers who will never stain their armour with the blood of
their countrymen in the service of the tyrant; and soldiers who
firmly believe, andI believe it too, that they are able to defend
their country henceforward, if the world in...
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