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It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, — Independence now and Independence forever."
Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson, Aug. 2, 1826. Vol. i. p. 136. Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.
Ibid. P. 146. Washington is in the clear upper sky.? Ibid. P. 148.
He smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet.3
Speech on Hamilton, March 10, 1831. P.200. One country, one constitution, one destiny.
Speech, March 15, 1837. P. 349. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization.
Remarks on Agriculture, Jan. 13, 1840. P. 457. Sea of upturned faces.*
Speech, Sept. 30, 1842.
On Mr. Justice Story, 1845. P. 300. Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
Speech at the Charleston Bar Dinner, May 10, 1847. Vol. ii. p. 393.
i Mr. Webster says of Mr. Adams: “On the day of his death, hearing the noise of bells and cannon, he asked the occasion. On being reminded that it was 'Independent Day,' he replied, 'Independence forever.'” Works, vol. i. p. 150. BANCROFT : History of the United States, vol. vii.
2 We shall be strong to run the race,
WATTS : Spiritual Hymns, xxiv. 3 He it was that first gave to the law the air of a science. He found it a skeleton, and clothed it with life, colour, and complexion : he embraced the cold statue, and by his touch it grew into youth, health, and beauty. BARRY YELVERTON (Lord Avonmore): On Blackstone.
4 See Scott, page 493.
The law: It has honored us; may we honor it.
Toast at the Charleston Bar Dinner, May 10, 1847. Vol. i. p. 394. I have read their platform, and though I think there are some unsound places in it, I can stand upon it pretty well. But I see nothing in it both new and valuable. “What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable."
Speech at Marshfield, Sept. 1, 1848. P. 433. Labour in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.
Speech, April, 1824. Vol. iii. p. 141. The gentleman has not seen how to reply to this, otherwise than by supposing me to have advanced the doctrine that a national debt is a national blessing:
Second Speech on Fool's Resolution, Jan. 26, 1830. P. 303. I thank God, that if I am gifted with little of the spirit which is able to raise mortals to the skies, I have yet none, as I trust, of that other spirit which would drag angels down.
Ibid. P. 316. I shall enter on no encomium upon Massachusetts; she needs none. There she is. Behold her, and judge for yourselves. There is her history; the world knows it by heart. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston and Concord and Lexington and Bunker Hill; and there they will remain forever.
Ibid. P. 317. The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people. Ibid. P. 321.
1 A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing. – ALEXANDER HAMILTON.
2 When the State of Pennsylvania held its convention to consider the Constitution of the United States, Judge Wilson said of the introductory clause, “We, the people, do ordain and establish,” etc. : “It is not an unmeaning fourish. The expressions declare in a practical manner the principle of this Constitution. It is ordained and established by the people themselves." This was regarded as an authoritative exposition. - The Nation.
That government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincols : Speech at Gettysburg, Nor. 19, 1863.
Vol. iv. p.
When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood.
Second Speech on Foot's Resolution, Jan. 26, 1830. Vol. iii. p. 342. Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable.
Ibid. God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Speech, June 3, 1834.
47. On this question of principle, while actual suffering was yet afar off, they (the Colonies] raised their flag against a power to which, for purposes of foreign conquest and subjugation, Rome in the height of her glory is not to be compared, a power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drum-beat, following the sun,' and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England.
Speech, May 7, 1834. P. 110. Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
Speech, July 25 and 27, 1846. Vol. v. p. 187. I was born an American; I will live an American ; I shall die an American.3
Speech, July 17, 1850. P. 437. There is no refuge from confession but suicide ; and suicide is confession.
Argument on the Murder of Captain White, April 6, 1830.
1 See Scott, page 495.
2 The martial airs of England
AMELIA B. RICHARDS: The Martial Airs
of England. 8 See Patrick Henry, page 429.
There is nothing so powerful as truth, — and often nothing so strange.
Argument on the Murder of Captain White. Vol. ri. P. 68. Fearful concatenation of circumstances.
P. 88. A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity. If we take to ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, duty performed or duty violated is still with us, for our happiness or our misery. If we say the darkness shall cover us, in the darkness as in the light our obligations are yet with us.
P. 105. I shall defer my visit to Faneuil Hall, the cradle of American liberty, until its doors shall fly open on golden hinges to lovers of Union as well as lovers of liberty.
Letter, April, 1851.
JANE TAYLOR. 1783-1824.
Though man a thinking being is defined,
Essays in Rhyme. (On Morals and Manners. Prejudice.)
Essay i. Stanza 45.
Sordid hopes and vain desires,
Which on my birth have smiled,
A Child's Hymn of Praise.
1 See Scott, page 494.
2 Mr. Webster's reply to the invitation of his friends, who had been refused the use of Faneuil Hall by the Mayor and Aldermen of Boston.
Oh that it were my chief delight
To do the things I ought!
To mind what I am taught. For a Very Little Child.
REGINALD HEBER. 1783-1826.
Failed the bright promise of your early day. Palestine.
By cool Siloam's shady rill
First Sunday after Epiphany. No. ii. When Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.
Seventh Sunday after Trinity. Death rides on every passing breeze,
He lurks in every flower. At a Funeral. No, i. Thou art gone to the grave; but we will not deplore thee, Though sorrows and darkness encompass the tomb.
But earthly hope, how bright soe’er,
On Hearenly Hope and Earthly Hope. 1 Altered in later editions to
No workman's steel, no ponderous axes rung,
Like some tall palm the noiseless fabric sprung.