Speech of the Hon. Edward Everett on American Institutions: In Reply to Dicussion in the British House of Lords ; Delivered on the 4th of July, 1860, in the City Hall of Boston, U.S., Before the Municipal Authorities

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Seite 6 - The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.
Seite 6 - ... enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day's transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.
Seite 6 - You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood and treasure, that it will cost to...
Seite 6 - the greatest question was decided that ever was debated in America; and greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among men. A resolution was passed, without one dissenting colony, ' that these United States are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.
Seite 23 - The projectors of new lines even came to boast of their parliamentary strength, and of the number of votes which they could command in "the House.
Seite 24 - The influence which landowners had formerly brought to bear upon Parliament in resisting railways when called for by the public necessities, was now employed to carry measures of a far different kind, originated by cupidity, knavery, and folly. But these gentlemen had discovered by this time that railways were as a golden mine to them. They sat at railway boards, sometimes selling to themselves their own land at their own price, and paying themselves with the money of the unfortunate shareholders.
Seite 16 - ... Revolution, on the monuments of your fathers, on the portals of your Capitols. It is heard in every breeze that whispers over the fields of independent America. And he was all our own. He grew up on the soil of America ; he was nurtured at her bosom.
Seite 19 - And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, and considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Seite 15 - American engineers and travelled by American locomotives; troops armed with American weapons, and ships of war built in American dockyards. In the factories of Europe there is machinery of American invention or improvement ; in their observatories telescopes of American construction ; and apparatus of American invention for recording the celestial phenomena. America contests with Europe the introduction into actual use of the electric telegraph, and her mode of operating it is adopted throughout...
Seite 30 - Nations," accepting a constitutional monarchy as an installment of the long-deferred debt of freedom, sighs through all her liberated States for a representative confederation, and claims the title, of the Italian Washington for her heroic Garibaldi. Here then, fellow-citizens, I close where I began ; the noble prediction of Adams is fulfilled. The question decided eighty-four years ago in Philadelphia was the greatest question ever decided in America ; and the event has shown that greater, perhaps,...

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