John Randolph of Roanoke, 1773-1833: A Biography Based Largely on New Material, Volume 1
John Randolph was born 2 June 1773 in Prince George County, Virginia. His parents were John Randolph (1742-1775) and Frances Bland. Details his political career.
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Page 544 - Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich. Knowledge is proud that he has learn'd so much ; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more. Books are not seldom talismans and spells, By which the magic art of shrewder wits Holds an unthinking multitude enthrall'd.
Page 62 - Phlegra with the heroic race were joined That fought at Thebes and Ilium, on each side Mixed with auxiliar gods; and what resounds In fable or romance of Uther's son, Begirt with British and Armoric knights; And all who since, baptized or infidel, Jousted in Aspramont, or Montalban, Damasco, or Marocco, or Trebisond, Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore When Charlemain with all his peerage fell By Fontarabbia.
Page 71 - Days of my youth, Ye have glided away ; Hairs of my youth, Ye are frosted and gray: Eyes of my youth, Your keen sight is no more ; Cheeks of my youth Ye are furrowed all o'er, Strength of my youth, All your vigor is gone ; Thoughts of my youth, Your gay visions are flown.
Page 431 - Lydia's monarch should the search descend, By Solon caution'd to regard his end ; In life's last scene what prodigies surprise, Fears of the brave, and follies of the wise ! From Marlborough's eyes the streams of dotage flow, And Swift expires a driveller and a show.
Page 544 - Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men, Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.
Page 242 - Has he done it ? I know, sir, that we may say, and do say, that we are independent (would it were true) ; as free to give a direction to the executive as to receive it from him.
Page 241 - I can readily tell gentlemen what I will not do. I will not propitiate any foreign nation with money. I will not launch into a naval war with Great Britain, although I am ready to meet her at the...
Page 378 - The question, even in the opinion and admission of our opponents, is reduced to this single point — which shall we do. abandon or defend our own commercial and maritime rights, and the personal liberties of our citizens employed in exercising them? These rights are essentially attacked, and war is the only means of redress. The gentleman from Virginia has suggested none — unless we consider the whole of his speech as recommending patient and resigned submission as the best remedy. Sir. which...