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Ladies and Gentlemen: Assembled as we are to-day beneath the blue skies and amid the luxuriant products of a foreign nation, our hearts beat warmly at the recurrence of this cherished anniversary of American freedom. Some of us have come from the sterile hills of New England, some from the sunny South, some from the prairies of the West, and we all sit down together at one table to celebrate the day made glorious by our forefathers in the declaration of our national independence. At that time in our history they were in the midst of the great struggle for social and political freedom; the end was uncertain; blood had yet to be spilt before peace could be conquered; yet, trusting in a just and overruling Providence, jeopardizing their lives and fortunes, they feared not to proclaim the equal freedom of all men under the law. The victory was not yet won, but they went forth, in the spirit of that declaration, to seal it with liberty or death, hopeful of the triumph which awaited them. To-day we remember their bravery, their energy, and their patriotism; to-day we rejoice in the principles which they maintained; to-day we are proud to be citizens of the great and prosperous nation which they founded. More keenly do we feel this pride when we look around us where we are to-day, when we see the errors and inconsistencies of other governments, and miss the educational, social and political advantages which we enjoy in our own country. Let us be thankful for our native land; for the stars and stripes which wave over us; for our prerogatives of national and individual freedom. I propose "The Memory of the Revolutionary Fathers."
Ladies and Gentlemen: I don't know what kind of weather prevailed in England on the twenty-fourth of May in the year of grace 1819; but it was a blessed day for Great Britain, for it gave the kingdom one of its most esteemed and favored sovereigns - the Lady in whose honor we have gathered here. Fulfilling the destiny of every true woman, she united herself in marriage to the man of her choice - a Prince every way worthy of her confidence and affection, and so public-spirited and progressive and intelligent as to endear himself to the better classes of the Queen's subjects. To the regret of all civilized nations he was taken away in the prime of his manhood; and I believe that if man was ever sincerely mourned and his memory revered, that man was Prince Albert of Coburg. True to his memory, faithful to the trusts imposed upon her in rearing her fatherless children aright, Victoria proved herself equal to the emergency, and with unswerving fidelity has ruled judiciously over the greatest nation of the globe. It is no disgrace for any civilized people to honor her by celebrating this her natal day, whatever their political government, and it is with pride and pleasure that I propose: "Queen Victoria - Sovereign, Wife and Mother - Long may she reign!"