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Walt Whitman: Our Old Feuillage

Our Old FeuillageAlways our old feuillage! Always Florida's green peninsula—always the priceless delta of Louisiana—always the cotton-fields of Alabama and Texas, Always California's golde…

Brewer's: Friends ... Enemies

Our friends the enemy. When, on April 1, 1814, the allied armies entered Paris, Sir George Jackson tells us he heard a viva pass along the streets, and the shout “nos amis, nos ennemi…

The True George Washington: Enemies

EnemiesGeorge MuseAny man of force is to be known quite as much by the character of his enemies as by that of his friends, and this is true of Washington. The subject offers some difficulties,…

Brewer's: Teeth of the Wind

(In the). With the wind dead against us, with the wind blowing in or against our teeth. “To strive with all the tempest in my teeth.” Pope. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fa…

The True George Washington: Enemies: Conway

ConwayThomas Conway was Washington's traducer to Gates. He was an Irish-French soldier of fortune who unfortunately had been made a brigadier-general in the Continental army. Having made frien…

The True George Washington: Enemies: Gates

GatesTurning from these public rather than personal foes, a very different type of enemies is encountered in those inimical to Washington in his own army. Chief of these was Horatio Gates, wit…

The True George Washington: Enemies: The Press

The PressAnother type of enemy, more or less the result of this differing with Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Randolph, was sundry editors and writers who gathered under their patronage and r…

Brewer's: Sailing within the Wind

or Sailing close to the Wind. Going to the very verge of propriety, or acting so as just to escape the letter of the law. The phrase, of course, is nautical. “The jokes [of our predec…