appeal to arms

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Would not the prospect of a total indemnity for all the preliminary steps be a greater temptation to undertake and persevere in an enterprise against the public liberty, than the mere prospect of an exemption from death and confiscation, if the final execution of the design, upon an actual appeal to arms, should miscarry?
He was likewise reported to have said that in former times a stigma had been cast upon the body by the execution of George Barnwell, to which they should not have basely submitted, but should have demanded him of the legislature-- temperately at first; then by an appeal to arms, if necessary--to be dealt with as they in their wisdom might think fit.
Paul and the Doctor were diametrically opposed to each other in opinion; the former declaring for an immediate appeal to arms, and the latter was warmly espousing the policy of pacific measures.
Article One of the Royal Code of Honor: "No duel can be considered justifiable, which can be declined with honor, therefore, an appeal to arms should always be the last resource.
has no other recourse but to appeal to arms and to crush every obstacle in its path.
Wallace's Appeal to Arms (1951): The American side lost two dead, frozen on the march, and three wounded, including Lt.
An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts, this is all that is left us.