Who was he, after all, that he should imagine that he had won on his personal merits
a girl like Elizabeth Boyd?
These being her Ladyship's personal merits
, impartial history must acknowledge, on the list of her defects, a total want of tact and taste in her attire.
It is no wonder that in an age when this kind of merit is so little in fashion, and so slenderly provided for, persons possessed of it should very eagerly flock to a place where they were sure of being received with great complaisance; indeed, where they might enjoy almost the same advantages of a liberal fortune as if they were entitled to it in their own right; for Mr Allworthy was not one of those generous persons who are ready most bountifully to bestow meat, drink, and lodging on men of wit and learning, for which they expect no other return but entertainment, instruction, flattery, and subserviency; in a word, that such persons should be enrolled in the number of domestics, without wearing their master's cloathes, or receiving wages.
Besides this negative merit, the doctor had one positive recommendation;--this was a great appearance of religion.
It was contrary to every doctrine of her's that difference of fortune should keep any couple asunder who were attracted by resemblance of disposition; and that Elinor's merit
should not be acknowledged by every one who knew her, was to her comprehension impossible.
He appeared, and confirmed the whole account: but with much more advantage to the captain, whose modesty had extenuated or concealed a great part of his merit
He has acquired merit, though the healed employed his strength for evil.
And for my merit that I had acquired I gain yet another sign.
But for the merit I have acquired in guiding thee upon the Way, there would have been added to me yet another life ere I had found my River.
Though some skeptics smiled when told of Berg's merits
, it could not be denied that he was a painstaking and brave officer, on excellent terms with his superiors, and a moral young man with a brilliant career before him and an assured position in society.
It must be admitted that there are exceptions to this rule; but these exceptions depend so entirely on accidental causes, that they cannot be considered as having any relation to the intrinsic merits or demerits of a constitution.
It merits particular attention in this place, that the laws of the Confederacy, as to the ENUMERATED and LEGITIMATE objects of its jurisdiction, will become the SUPREME LAW of the land; to the observance of which all officers, legislative, executive, and judicial, in each State, will be bound by the sanctity of an oath.