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FOREIGN . AMERICA . Mr . Jefferson . Mr . Jefferson haviug been toasted at the dinner given to General La . Fayette in the Rotunda of the University of Virginia , made the following affecting and eloquent remarks :
< c I will avail myself of this occasion , my beloved neighbours and friends , to thank you for the kindnesses which now , and at all times , I have received at your hands . Born and bred among your fa * thers , led by their partialities into the line
of public life , I laboured in fellowship with them through that arduous struggle which , freeing us from foreign bondage , established us in the rights of self-government : rights which have blessed ourselves , and will bless , in their sequence , all the nations of the earth . In this
contest , all did our utmost ; and , as none could do more , none had pretensions to superior merit . * I joy , my friends , in your joy , inspired by the visit of this our ancient and distinguished leader and benefactor . His
deeds in the war of independence you have heard and read . They are known to you , and embalmed in your memories , and in the pages of faithful history . His deeds ia the peace which followed that war are perhaps not known to you ; but I can attest them . When I was stationed
m his country , for the purpose of cementing its . friendship with ours , and of advancing our mutual interests , this friend of both was my most powerful auxiliary and advocate . He made our cause his own , as in truth it was that of his
native country also . His influence and connexions there were great . All doors and all departments were open to him at all times ; to me , only formally and at appointed times . In truth , I only held the nail ; he drove i % . Honour him , then , as your benefactor in peace , as well as in war .
* ' My friends , I am old , long in the disuse of making speeches , and without voice to utter them . In this feeble state , the exhausted powers of life leave little within my competence for your service . If , with the aid of my younger and abler
coadjutors , I can still contribute any thing to advance the institution within whose walls we are now mingling manifestations to this our guest , it will be , as it ever has been , cheerfully and zealously bestowed . And could I live to see it
once enjoy the patronage and cberishmeut 61 our public authoi'iiies with uftfflvided voice , I should die without a doubt ot the future fortunes of my native state , and in the consoling contemplation of the happy influence of this institution on its character , its virtue , its prosperity-and safety .
" To these effusions for the cradle and land of my birth , I add , for bur nation at large , the aspirations of a heart warm with the love of country , whose invocations to Heaven for its indissoluble union will be fervent and unremitting while the pulse of life continues to beat ; and when that ceases , it will expire in prayers for the eternal duration ot its freedom and prosperity . "
4 th July , 1776 . Extract from a Letter to a Friend in Quincyy written by the venerable and revered Patriot John Adams , on the Day subsequent to the adoption of the Declaration of Independence , by the Continental Congress ; " Philadelphia , July 5 , 1776 ,
44 Yesterday the greatest question was decided which was ever 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 Spates are , and of right ought to be , free and Independent States .
" The day is passed . The 4 th of July , 1776 , will be a memorable epoch inthe history of America . I am apt to believe 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 Almighty God . Jt ought to be solemnized with pomp , shows , games , sports ¦ , guns bells y bonfires and illuminations , from one end of the CONTINENT TO THE OTHER , from this time forward for ever ! You will think me transported with enthusiasm ; but I ana not . I am well aware of the toil
and blood and treasure wiat it will cost to maintain this declaration and support and defend these states ; yet , through all the gloom , I can see the rays of light and glory—I can see , that the end is
worth more than all the means , and that posterity will triumph , although you and I may rue , which I hope we shall not . I an . &c , "JOHN ADAMS /'
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1826, page 61, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2544/page/61/