a dozen. The great idea is to go out into the mountains and let the hunters of Israel go with good rifles and they will pick the game every time. Here is one of the men to go, and we want him to go and tell them to prepare, for our enemies are forging chains for us. As to a location, there are many good places There is an excellent place on what is called the Camet river, and another on the . I am not going to say how many years it is going to take for we have got to go through the last gap. He here related an anecdote of an Eagle and an Owl and compared this generation to the Owl for they are “mousing”, they live by it. I dont know any good reason why the religion of Jesus Christ should be blown out of existance to accommodate mobbers. With regard to the company that are going it will not do to tell them they are going to walk [p. ]
Probably a reference to Macbeth: “On Tuesday last, / A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place, / Was by a mousing owl hawk’d at, and kill’d.” When quoting this line, antebellum Americans sometimes replaced the falcon with an eagle. In the play, the birds are a supernatural sign that nature is out of balance, with a lesser bird triumphing over a greater one. Phelps was likely making a comparison between a majestic eagle and a mousing owl, arguing that it would be unnatural for the former to yield to the latter. (Shakespeare, Macbeth, act 2, sc. 4, ll. 11–13, in Riverside Shakespeare, 1370; see, for example, Speech of Mr. Burges, of Rhode Island, 24; and Washington DC, 28 Dec. 1834, Letter to the Editor, Boston Courier, 1 Jan. 1835, .)
The Riverside Shakespeare: The Complete Works. Edited by G. Blakemore Evans, J. J. M. Tobin, Herschel Baker, Anne Barton, Frank Kermode, Harry Levin, Hallett Smith, and Marie Edel. 2nd ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
Speech of Mr. Burges, of Rhode Island, on the Motion to Strike from the General Appropriation Bill the Salary Appropriated for the Minister to Russia. Delivered in the House of Representatives, February 3, 1831. Washington DC: Gales and Seaton, 1831.