Excerpts from Recollections of An Old Soldier by Capt David Perry (1741-1826)
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Excerpts from the
Recollections of Capt. David Perry
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NOTE: David Perry (not Parry) wrote Recollections (not Reflections) of an Old Soldier. Read article...
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Near-death experience of David Perry (1762)
An account of a pre-Revolutionary War vision and other extrardinary sights seen when,
as a young Sergeant just turned 21, David Perry contracted the deadly "nervous fever" -- typhus --
and "went through the excruciating pains of the separating of soul and body..." *
The Admonition of Capt. David Perry (1819)
The An Account of the Battle of Plattsburgh and Lake Champlain, 1814.
The date was 11 September 1814 -- an "ever-memorable" day of victory and great rejoicing for Americans,
a day never to be forgotten when "the Lord stood by us and put our enemies to flight in a marvellous manner." *
The date 9-11 was remembered by Americans then for much different reasons than today,
though the victory of 9-11-1814 and circumstances surrounding it would be well to remember.
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Highlights from Perry's Recollections:
"...that ever-memorable eleventh of September..."
"...a warning to future generations, of the dangerous effect of party spirit,
when carried to excess..."
". . . Had not the Lord been on our side, and fought our battles, we must have failed
to maintain our liberties..."
"...I pray God that this bond of union may continue to grow firmer and stronger,
till every American citizen will be of one heart and one mind,
in a determination to support our Republican form of Government
to the latest posterity.
May we all remember the maxim of our illustrious Washington:
'United We Stand; Divided We Fall'..."
"...Let the people keep the right and power of Election always in their own hands, and
...choose men into office, who are true friends of a Republican Government...
[Let them] stand by this government of our choice,
and never be deceived by political or ecclesiastical demagogues...
[that] they may perpetuate their liberties..."
"...let us as a nation dedicate ourselves to God, and pray that he
would have us in his holy keeping, and so direct the councils of our nation, as may tend to preserve its free
institutions to the latest period of time..."
[Source: Recollections of an Old Soldier: The Life of Captain David Perry. Electronic edition, D.G. Jones, ed. © 1998.]
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