Biographical Sketches of Eminent American Statesmen, with Speeches, Addresses and Letters

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FOURTH OF JULY ORATION.

Delivered In the Baptist Church at Greenville, South Carolina, on the Fourth of July, 1831.

FRIENDS AND FELLOW-CITIZENS:--There is something in human nature which delights to recur to the virtuous and heroic deeds of a noble ancestry. There is a feeling in the bosom of every man, whether savage or civilized, that glows with rapture at the mention of dangers encountered, or honors achieved by the valor and wisdom of his country. There is no duty we perform so cheerfully as that of paying honor to the memories of great and illustrious men. There is no event whose anniversary we so willingly join in commemorating as that which reflects lustre on the glory and renown of our national character. There is no festival more pleasing to the finer and better feelings of the human heart than that which celebrates the merited worth of departed heroes and patriots. In every age and among every people in the world, gratitude, reverence and veneration have been found the instinctive principles of man.

It is under the influence of such feelings, inseparable from our nature, that we have assembled here to-day. Actuated by one and the same impulse, urged by one and the same motive, we have come to do honor unto those to whom honor is due. We have met, not like the ancient Romans, to commemorate the anniversary of some proud conquest, or victorious achievement over an oppressed and enslaved people. We have come, not to celebrate a triumph of the imperfect sceptre over rude and savage independence, nor have we assembled to

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