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Gouverneur Morris

Theodore Roosevelt

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. . .f it should come to pass that some little portion of it were conquered. "But I cannot think it will ever come to this. For when I turn my eyes to the means of defense, I find them amply sufficient. We have all heard that in the last war America was conquered in Germany. I hold the converse of this to be true, namely, that in and by America his Majesty's German dominions were secured.... I expect a full and lasting defense against any and every part of the earth." After thus treating of the advantages to be hoped for on the score of peace, he turns attention "to a question of infinitely greater importance, namely, the liberty of this country;" and afterwards passes to the matter of security, which, "so long as the system of laws by which[Pg 57] we are now governed shall prevail, is amply provided for in every separate colony. There may indeed arise an objection because some gentlemen suppose that the different colonies will carry on a sort of land piracy against one. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I have to say that TR’s voice definitely comes out in his biography of Gouverneur Morris, revolutionary leader from New York. Sometimes, one felt that the book was more about TR and his views of the nation’s destiny, westward expansion, and the importance of a strong navy than of Morris’s life. Stil

Teddy Roosevelt writes about a fellow New Yorker. This biography was written around 1896 and may not have some private papers from the Morris estate available.
I found one particular idea standing out to me. Morris was in France at the time of their revolution. He found the people were not capable

Well I'll say this for Teddy, he is no dispassionate observer.
He is not shy about injecting his opinion into his historical writing.

... And 200 pages later, that observation has been confirmed in spades. Roosevelt never stops injecting himself and his views into the life story of someone else he ne